Both the Detroit Pistons and Portland Trail Blazers have been fun early-season stories, and the two teams got together for a Sunday night tilt in Portland. The Blazers appeared to be on their way to a 5-2 record to start the year when they went up by 18 points in the third quarter, but the Pistons came storming back behind ridiculous performances from Reggie Jackson and Andre Drummond to stun the home team, 120-103.
Jackson scored 26 of his career-high 40 points in the fourth quarter, a quarter in which the Pistons outscored the Blazers 41-11. Jackson shot 10-of-11 from the field in the frame and at one point scored 16 straight Pistons points.
Drummond finished with 29 points and 27 rebounds (nine offensive) in 36 minutes of action, giving him his third 20-20 game in the NBA this season:
Last 3 players w/ 3 20-20 games in first 6 games:
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) November 9, 2015
He shot 14-of-19 from the field and also blocked three shots, including this demolition of a Meyers Leonard dunk attempt:
Drummond is performing like a bona fide star this season, and with this latest monster performance, the big man is averaging 20.3 points and 20.3 rebounds:
Andre Drummond's 20.3 PPG & 20.3 RPG through first six games of the season is most since Wilt Chamberlain in '70-71 pic.twitter.com/6AQbGn1EO2
— NBA.com (@NBAcom) November 9, 2015
While the sample size remains small at six games (in which the upstart Pistons are 5-1), that’s still absurd. Would it surprise anybody if Drummond has a 30/30 game this year? He’s already come close a few times, so it feels like it’s only a matter of time before it happens.
Again, there’s still a long way to go, but the Pistons are looking like a playoff team in the Eastern Conference. A lot can happen over the course of a long year, but if Jackson and Drummond continue to play at a high level, watch out.