The Detroit Pistons, who have been in existence since 1948, played their first quadruple overtime game in franchise history on Friday, coming away with a 147-144 road win over the Chicago Bulls.
“Man, it was phenomenal,” Pistons guard Reggie Jackson said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “It was a thriller to be a part of. Both teams were fighting hard. You just want to be the team that comes out with a victory.”
Jackson was impressive throughout, finishing with 31 points, 13 assists, and six rebounds in 50 minutes.
“My teammates did a great job,” Jackson said. “They were setting screens all game, my wings were spreading the floor, and they were encouraging me to attack all game and they were making big shots for us. I think we made big plays as a team tonight.”
Especially Andre Drummond, who had 33 points, 21 rebounds, three assists, three steals and two blocks in 54 minutes.
“Best big man in the league,” Jackson said. “I think he’s coming with that mindset night in and night out. He’s been on mission to prove himself, and I think he’s been playing second to none. He’s a big reason why we’ve had the success we’ve had so far.”
The Pistons took 124 shots Friday. The Bulls took 120. Together, the Bulls and Pistons combined for 51 three-point attempts, 100 free-throw attempts, and had 70 fouls – 35 apiece.
“It felt like it was never going to end,” said Jackson, who had never played beyond double overtime in his entire basketball career. “I think we could have played all night, but we’re happy to be the ones to come out on top tonight.”
The Pistons (16-12) will have a few days to recover before taking on the Heat (15-10) in Miami on Dec. 22.