If you thought the Detroit Pistons' amazing fourth quarter was, um, amazing, well you're certainly not alone. The Pistons are the talk of the NBA this Monday morning as a result of their completely improbable fourth quarter comeback that flipped a one time 18-point deficit into a 17-point win, which all really happened in an eight-minute span. It was so great, it left their leader Stan Van Gundy at a loss for adjectives (quotes via Pistons.com):
"I told those guys, I'm really old and I've coached a long time. I've never been a part of a fourth quarter like that," Van Gundy said after Jackson tied a franchise record with 26 points in a quarter, hitting 10 of 11 shots after coming back with 9:15 to play. "I've seen turnarounds, but not like that."
That's because a fourth quarter like that hasn't happened in 35 years.
"It was incredible," Van Gundy said. "We went from not being able to stop them at all to stopping them on every possession and scoring every time down the floor. It was unbelievable. Our defense in the fourth quarter was absolutely incredible. It was just incredible. After not defending all night, our fourth-quarter defense was outstanding."
Incredible. Incredible. Unbelievable. Incredible. Outstanding. It was all of that and more!