Reggie Jackson and Andre Drummond have formed quite a tandem for the Detroit Pistons.
Drummond had 29 points and 27 rebounds, and Jackson scored a career-high 40 points, with 26 of them coming in the fourth quarter, as the Pistons beat the Portland Trail Blazers 120-103 on Sunday night in Portland.
ESPN Stats & Info provided a shot chart of Jackson's fourth quarter. Jackson missed only one shot in the period, and a majority of his makes came from attacking the rim:
NBA on ESPN also noted Drummond has entered some exclusive Hall of Fame company:
What might be overlooked in Detroit's 17-point win is that the team dominated the fourth quarter. The Pistons outscored the Trail Blazers 41-11 in the final frame. Detroit entered the fourth quarter down by 13 points, and Jackson scored 63.4 percent of the Pistons' points in the final 12 minutes.
Drummond, meanwhile, continues to establish himself as one of the game's best big men. He has thrived in head coach Stan Van Gundy's offense and has put up unbelievable numbers in the process. ProBasketballTalk's Kurt Helin noticed how good Jackson and Drummond have worked together in the pick-and-roll:
Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders shared this absurd stat from Drummond's four-game stretch:
Bill Simmons compared Drummond to a talented center whom Van Gundy coached once upon a time in Orlando:
A lot of pressure has been bestowed upon Jackson this year. After signing a five-year, $80 million extension with the Pistons in the summer after escaping Russell Westbrook's shadow, he finally put on a performance to prove his worth. Seth Partnow of Nylon Calculus had this to say, right on cue:
CBS Sports' Matt Moore had this to say about the Pistons' ultimate two-way weapon:
Not to be overlooked, nine of Drummond's 27 rebounds came on the offensive end. Though he went 1-of-6 at the charity stripe, the missed free throws won't be as alarming if he can sustain this energy, score inside and rebound.
Meanwhile, the Pistons are off to a 5-1 start thanks in large part to the play of Jackson and Drummond. Jackson is averaging just over 23 points to go with nearly six assists and five rebounds per game. Meanwhile, Drummond is averaging an unreal 20.6 rebounds through six games.
Drummond's teammate Anthony Tolliver, unlike the rest of us, wasn't shocked by the big man's performance, per Rod Beard of the Detroit News:
And you probably had a quality night if Drummond was on your fantasy team, as Marc Stein of ESPN.com noted:
Even big men in the college ranks, such as UNLV's Stephen Zimmerman, took notice:
Drummond will probably not sustain these kinds of numbers for the rest of the year, but the Pistons have shown that they have the ability to establish themselves as a quality playoff team in the Eastern Conference.