Andre Drummond and the Detroit Pistons got precisely what they wanted — another opportunity to show that they too are an up-and-coming team that needs to be taken seriously.
The Pistons got it, courtesy of a 100-97 road win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday.
The Timberwolves are another team considered to be on the rise, but the Pistons used a big fourth quarter behind Drummond and Reggie Jackson to snatch the win.
As usual, the Pistons (11-5) did it with balance, outscoring the Wolves by a 29-17 count in the final 12 minutes.
Drummond finished with 20 points, 16 rebounds, four assists and two blocks, and Avery Bradley and Tobias Harris scored 18 apiece. Jackson went for 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting and eight assists.
“Reggie Jackson was being Reggie Jackson,” Drummond told reporters. “Under five minutes, just get that man the basketball and let him play. He did an amazing job of getting guys open. … He got me a hook shot in the paint, and he scored the rest of the way. You couldn’t ask for a better momentum swing.”
Jimmy Butler (10-6) led the improved Timberwolves with 26 points.
The Pistons, current leaders of the Central Division, host the three-time defending Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday. It will be the Cavs’ first appearance in Detroit’s new Little Caesars Arena.