The Reggie Jackson Era in Detroit got off to an ugly start, in more ways than one.
During a break nine minutes into the first quarter, Jackson was overheated and struggling to catch his breath. It looked like he may have even vomited by the scoring table.
He didn't look much better on the court, with only five first half points and leading a team that looked out of sync on both ends with him on the floor.
The Pistons trailed by only five points, but it didn't look that close on the court. Marcin Gortat and Kris Humphries carried the Wizards with 27 points on 13-13 shooting in the first half. They led by as many as 11 and looked poised to run away with it.
But Reggie went into the locker room as Ralph Jackson and came out as Zeus De La Jackson.
He scored eight third quarter points which set the stage for a huge eruption for the Pistons. When the dust settled, they had an 11-point lead which they controlled for the rest of the game. Jackson finished the game with 17 points, five assists, and five rebounds.
Andre Drummond and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope were huge for Detroit. Dre finished with 18 points on only 11 shots and 16 rebounds and KCP had 26 points with six three-pointers. Greg Monroe also contributed 15 points and 15 rebounds.
Anthony Tolliver continues to provide crazy efficient points off the bench with 13 points on only five field goal attempts.
With the odd Tayshaun Prince buyout situation, Caron Butler and lightly-used Cartier Martin handled the small forward minutes. Neither stood out for better or for worse, but after trading away most of the depth at the position it'd be nice to see the situation wrapped up before it becomes an issue.
Oddly enough, with a large lead in the fourth quarter a group of fans took up a chant "WE WANT PRINCE!" a couple of times. Tay never took off his warm-up jacket. (The Pistons announced before the game that he would not play.)
It looks like there's also been a change in personnel for the backup point guard spot, as Spencer Dinwiddie seems to have earned the job back after John Lucas III filled the role during his 10-day contract leading up to the All-Star break. While his shot still isn't falling, he held his own running the offense dishing out seven assists.
Paired with Friday's win against the Chicago Bulls, the Pistons now have a pair of impressive wins out of the All-Star break as they enter the postseason push in earnest. Next up is the Cleveland Cavs at home on Tuesday.