Reggie Jackson and Andre Drummond delivered the big numbers and the Detroit Pistons pulled off the huge comeback road victory, 120-103 over the Portland Trail Blazers Sunday.
Jackson scored 40 points on 16-of-25 shooting with 26 coming in the final quarter, when they allowed the Trail Blazers to score just 11 points. Portland logged 32, 25 and 35 in the first three quarters but their offense was nowhere to be found when the Pistons where completing their comeback.
Drummond was consistent throughout the game and finished with an impressive double-double of 29 points and 27 rebounds and also added 2 steals and 3 blocked shots for the Pistons, which trailed by as many as 18 points overall and 13 points entering the final quarter.
The Pistons were well on their way to their seventh loss overall against Portland, until Jackson exploded and led Detroit to their fifth win in six games, their best start to a season since nine years ago.
Detroit starters Kentavious Caldwell-Pope added 16 points and 4 steals and Marcus Morris had 13 points and 3 steals.
The sorry loss spoiled Damian Lillard’s good performance of 26 points and 11 assists. However, the point guard had 5 turnovers and the entire Trail Blazers had 22 errors paving the way for the Pistons’ great comeback.
The Trail Blazers had their three-game winning streak snapped and will take on five tough games against West powerhouse teams in their next seven games facing the San Antonio Spurs (twice), Memphis Grizzlies, Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Clippers.
Detroit continues a long six-game road trip taking on the Golden State Warriors, Sacramento Kings, Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers in their next four outings.