The Detroit Pistons weren't supposed to win last night, and if they hadn't, most wouldn't have noticed. They were on the second game of back-to-back and had just traded away half of their roster, which is all fans were buzzing about.
And for most of three quarters, they played the part, playing unfocused basketball and going down by more than 20, it looked as though the Pistons were cooked with just seven regulars suiting up for the game.
Detroit had to import a couple of two-way players and even James DNP CD Wiseman saw some action.
Something clicked late into the 3rd and the Pistons started chiseling into the lead and then used a 23-9 run in the 4th to tie the game and send it to overtime, where they were able to gut out a win.
It wasn't a pretty game; it was downright ugly at times, with 50 combined fouls between the two teams. At one point, five possessions in a row in the 4th quarter ended at the free-throw line.
But there was plenty to like about the Pistons, who found a way to win amidst the chaos of the day.
Detroit Pistons: Jalen Duren taking over
The game ball belongs to Jalen Duren, who dominated the 4th quarter and overtime to finish with a team-high 27 points and 22 rebounds.
Don't look now, but the Pistons are starting to figure some things out with their young core, as they just won back-to-back games for the first time since October and are now 4-4 in their last eight games.
I don't think the Pistons were happy to see so many of their teammates shipped out at the trade deadline, but the players they brought back are arguably better fits around the core, and their young players will now have more defined roles with less of a logjam at guard and more serviceable two-way wings.
Even though we knew it was a possibility, I am sad to see both Alec Burks and Bojan Bogdanovic go. The Pistons didn't win much with the two of them, but they were always pros and never complained or asked out, they wanted to see this through and I wish they could have gotten a chance.
But I am also glad to see better defenders coming in, guys who are better fits around their young core and offer a fresh start for a team that has done little but lose this season.