In the first marathon game of the 2015-16 NBA season, the Detroit Pistons beat the Chicago Bulls 147-144 in quadruple overtime Friday night at the United Center.
Chicago's Jimmy Butler scored a career-high 43 points, while Andre Drummond led the way for Detroit with 33 points and 21 rebounds.
It was the first 30-point, 20-rebound game by a Piston since Dennis Rodman in the 1990-91 season, according to ESPN Stats & Info.
How big of a night was it for Drummond? He played almost half of his minutes under the threat of fouling out, per SB Nation's Detroit Bad Boys:
While the contest was finishing up, the Golden State Warriors were looking for revenge against the Milwaukee Bucks. Frank Madden of Brew Hoop commented on the absurd Bulls-Pistons game while the Warriors were struggling at home versus the Bucks:
The game brought back memories of the old days, when basketball was an offensive clinic made up of high-scoring ridiculousness. Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer took everyone back—way back—in time:
Derrick Rose scored a season-high 34 points (even though it took a career-high 34 shots to get there), while Pau Gasol chipped in with 30 for Chicago. Detroit, meanwhile, had all five starters score in double figures. Reggie Jackson had 31 points, and Marcus Morris added 20.
The story for the Bulls was the play of Butler. The All-Star guard shot 14-of-29 from the floor, 14-of-16 from the free-throw line and had this one-handed dunk in the second overtime period, courtesy of NBA TV:
Bettor Haralabos Voulgaris came to the conclusion, like the rest of us, that Butler is not human:
As great as this game was, Twitter had some fun with the onslaught of points. NBA Tonight host Cassidy Hubbarth hit it right on the button:
This game appeared as if it would not end. Someone please check on ESPN's Zach Lowe to see if he's OK:
Oh, well. Looks like it was too late for the SpongeBob Sports account:
Even the Atlanta Hawks had time to catch the end of this game after defeating the Boston Celtics:
The viewing experience turned out to be a fun one for all. The Pistons are an up-and-coming team in the Eastern Conference and showed their toughness with a win over a good Bulls team.