Detroit Pistons beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 129-123

Detroit Pistons Andre Drummond and Minnesota Timberwolves Karl-Anthony Towns. (Photo by Jordan Johnson/NBAE via Getty Images)
Detroit Pistons Andre Drummond and Minnesota Timberwolves Karl-Anthony Towns. (Photo by Jordan Johnson/NBAE via Getty Images) /

Andre Drummond made a put-back layup with .6 seconds left to force overtime to give the Detroit Pistons a 129-123 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Detroit Pistons love keeping their fans at the edge of their seat.

Somehow, the Pistons found themselves in a close game with the Minnesota Timberwolves late in the game despite shooting under 30 percent from downtown throughout the majority of the game.

Blake Griffin was dealing with an illness before the game, but was feeling good enough to play. Boy, did the Pistons really need him tonight.

Griffin hit four threes in the fourth quarter to keep the Pistons alive, and helped win this game in overtime.

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Griffin ended the game with 34 points, eight rebounds, four assists in 42 minutes. Griffin shot 13-22 from the field and 5-10 from deep, despite starting off 1-5 from long distance.

The Pistons were fortunate enough to get a good game from both of their Reggie’s, as well.

Reggie Bullock finished the game with a career high 33 points. His shooting kept the Pistons in the game with his shooting, as he was the only who could drain some threes throughout the game. He shot 12-21 from the field and 7-12 from deep.

Reggie Jackson has been benched recently in the fourth quarter for Jose Calderon, but Jackson was the Pistons point guard down the stretch for this game.

As he always should be.

Jackson finished the game with 24 points, six assists, and zero turnovers. He shot 7-13 from the field and 3-5 from beyond the arc. Jackson hit known defensive ace Robert Covington with a nasty behind the back move to give the Pistons a three point lead late in overtime.

The Rose is blooming again

Derrick Rose continued his strong season in his first match up against the Pistons.

Rose and Karl Anthony Towns caused the Pistons problems all night in the pick and roll. Rose has rediscovered his explosiveness as a player, and often got the Pistons big men to switch onto him due to his strong drives.

When the Pistons switched, the Wolves would feed Towns with the mismatch and he’d bully them for easy buckets.

Rose finished with 33 points, seven assists, three rebounds, and one steal. He shot 14-29 from the field and 1-4 from deep. Despite having a great night, he took a questionable contested three with Andre Drummond in his face. He missed it, and the Pistons won the game.

Towns finished with 16 points, eight rebounds, and three blocks. He shot 6-15 from the floor and a horrific 0-7 from deep. Towns hit Griffin with a WWE move in overtime, earning his sixth foul and fouling out the game.

Clutch Drummond

Drummond continues to dominate Towns whenever they play each other. Drummond is now 8-0 against Towns in head-to-head matchups, and came through in the clutch tonight for the Pistons.

Jackson drove the lane with five seconds left in the game, and threw up a layup that missed. However, the best rebounder in the NBA was there to clean up the miss and tie the game with .6 seconds left to go.

Along with this, Drummond hit a step back three in overtime over Towns with 2:44 left to give the Pistons a 123-122 lead.

Yes. You read that correctly.

Andre Drummond hit a clutch step back three for the Detroit Pistons in overtime.

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This game was insane.