Ben Wallace pulled off a lot of unlikely tasks. So it stands for reason that the Pistons did too on Saturday night, Ben Wallace jersey retirement night, when they beat the 37-3 Golden State Warriors, dominating most of the night.
In the middle of a tough stretch for the schedule and after a pair of tough losses, the Pistons beat the returning league champs at the Palace on the night when they pulled Big Ben Wallace's jersey to the rafters.
Detroit used a 38-point third quarter to pull away, led behind tough play from Aron Banyes. Bangers finished the game without missing a bucket with 12 points, 4 rebounds, and a pair of blocks.
Detroit brought tough defense, holding Golden State to their worst field goal percentage of the year while also dominating them on the boards 57-47. As the Pistons commentary put it on a number of occasions, the Warriors weren't themselves. Fortunately, the Pistons made them pay.
Reggie Jackson bounced back from a couple of poor games with a 20-point, 8-assist performance and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope kept his hot streak up with 20 points. Andre Drummond also notched 14 points and 21 rebounds.
This piece of the schedule is absolutely brutal, so a tough win against one of the league's best after a gut-punch of a loss---well, it's a nice indicator that this team might be made of some of the same stuff that made Ben Wallace great.
Next up is the Chicago Bulls on Monday.