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Pistons Outlast Chicago in Quadruple Overtime

Screen Shot 2015-12-19 at 10.47.12 AMAn extra 20 minutes of basketball in Chicago provided a statistical explosion in fantasy basketball.

Along with four overtime sessions, Friday’s 147-144 victory for the Pistons featured five 30-point performances, a 20 rebound effort, three other 10 rebound performances and just two players fouling out.

The 68 minute contest yielded 291 points, 107 rebounds and tremendous individual efforts from a slew of players. 

For the Pistons to claim the victory, the team poured in 20 points in the final overtime session, nearly matching the 22 points they totaled during the first three overtime periods.

The victory for Detroit bumped the Pistons into the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference, meaning if the playoffs began today, four teams from the Central Division would qualify, as Cleveland, Indiana and Chicago have the three best records in the conference.

Andre Drummond has been the catalyst for the Pistons all season, and his performance in Chicago is just the latest for him to secure his first All-Star nomination.

The 6-foot-10 center poured in a career-high 33 points along with 21 rebounds, three assists, three steals and two blocks.

In his first full season under coach Stan Van Gundy, Drummond has excelled on both ends of the floor.

The fourth year center has increased his scoring average 4.6 points and has added nearly three rebounds per game from a year ago.

The Pistons can usually find two easy points by simply lobbing the ball towards the rim.

If Drummond isn’t there to slam home an alley-oop, he is just as adept at chasing down a loose ball off the rim.

Friday marked the sixth time this season he has pulled down at least 20 rebounds in a game, every other player in the NBA combined has totaled four performances with at least 20 rebounds.

After 28 games, Drummond has pulled down 98 more rebounds than the second leading rebounder in the league and he is on pace to become the first player to average over 16 rebounds a night in 19 years.

Drummond is on pace to join Dwight Howard as the only other active player to sweep the rebounding category in a single season. The former Connecticut star leads the NBA in offensive rebounds (159) defensive rebounds (299) and rebounds per game (16.4).

Of his 21 rebounds Friday night, 10 of them came on the offensive end.

Andre Drummond is averaging 18.2 points, 16.4 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.5 blocks per game.
Pistons center Andre Drummond is averaging 5.7 offensive rebounds per game, 1.9 more than anyone else in the NBA this season.

Reggie Jackson may not be making an All-Star push this year, but he is living up to the five-year, $80 million contract he signed in the off season.

As one of seven point guards averaging more than 20 points per game, Jackson has quickly taken command of the Pistons offensive attack, especially Friday night.

The 25-year-old guard totaled 31 points, 13 assists, six rebounds and a steal in nearly 50 minutes on the court.

His all-around efforts make him one of the most imposing point guards in the league, as Jackson is one of just eight players averaging at least 20 points, six assists and four rebounds per game this year.

In the final overtime session, Jackson was simply unstoppable, as he scored 13 points by gashing the Bulls defense with effective drives to the rim and clutch pull-up jumpers.

His performance overshadowed perhaps the best game of Jimmy Butler’s career.

The 6-foot-7 shooting guard is proving to be one of the most dynamic players in the league, as evidenced by his career-high 43 point performance, along with eight rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks.

At times, the Pistons simply ran out of answers for defending Butler.

After being held scoreless in the first overtime session, Butler poured in 21 points, nearly half of his total on the night, during the next three overtime periods.

The Bulls kept him on the floor for a total of 56 minutes, proving just how prepared he is on any given night to perform.

Fifteen years into his career, Pau Gasol is still putting up incredible numbers, with Friday being no exception.

The 35-year-old spent 48 minutes on the court, earning 12 trips to the free throw line as part of a 30 point, 15 rebound, five block, five assist effort, joining Tim Duncan, Elton Brand, Shaquille O’Neal and Kevin Garnett as the only players since 2000 to accomplish the feat.

Gasol is on pace to average 10 or more rebounds for the fifth time in his career, amazingly each campaign has come since he turned 29.

The Bulls and Pistons produced plenty of highlights Friday night, and in fantasy basketball, several performances may have tipped the balance for anyone with them on their squads.

About Brendan Galella

Brendan Galella founded Shatter the Glass to make the NBA even more accessible to basketball fans. Composing player rankings, team evaluations and intriguing observations, he hopes to turn every reader into a dedicated and educated basketball follower.

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