Down 15 at the half, the Detroit Pistons looked like they were well on their way to an 11th straight loss -- both overall and to the Memphis Grizzlies. The game was shaping up to be a teary-eyed glimpse into the future of life without impending free agent Greg Monroe, who did not play due to a knee injury.
Nothing a 20-20 can't clear up, right? ... (SEE what I did there? Ok, I'll stop.)
Thanks to a 13-assist, 11-point effort in the second half, trade-deadline acquisition and already-crowned future point guard Reggie Jackson put up 23 points and a career high 20 assists to help the Pistons completely erase a 16-point deficit and run away with a 105-95 win against the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference playoff picture. Yes, that was a long sentence and, yes, Reggie Jackson really had 23 points and 20 assists.
If you ever wondered whether or not Jackson offers star potential, look no further. Jackson was phenomenal on Tuesday against the Grizzlies. So phenomenal even some of his harshest critics were singing him deserved praise.
Jackson assisted the first five buckets in the second half and had nine assists, no turnovers overall in the third quarter alone. Three of those assists in the quarter went to Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who scored 16 points in the frame, tying the game on back-to-back threes with under two minutes to go.
The Pistons shot 67 percent in the third quarter and stayed hot in the fourth (55 percent) while holding the Grizzlies to 30 percent shooting and absolutely frustrating their big men. The Pistons outscored the Griz 66-41 in the second half, more than enough to make up the 15-point halftime deficit.
In addition to Jackson's stellar 23-20, Andre Drummond contributed a near 20-20 himself, scoring 16 and grabbing 16 rebounds. Jackson's 20th assist was an alley-oop to Drummond with seconds remaining in the game. KCP finished with 24.
- Jackson's 20-20 of the points-assists variety is only the second in the NBA since 2009. The other? Of course, Brandon Jennings on Jan. 21. Jennings' 20-20 came in the 15th game after Josh Smith was waived. Jackson's comes in his 12th game since being acquired from the Oklahoma City Thunder. Jennings' (more impressive) 20th assist was also on an oop to Drummond.
- Andre Drummond was 4-6 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter.
- Tayshaun Prince, playing through a bad hip, hit some big baskets in the fourth quarter. in fact, he hit all three of his attempts in the quarter.
Now your thoughts.