The NBA’s Surprise Team: The Revved-Up Pistons

Sunday night the Detroit Pistons defeated the Portland Trail Blazers 120-103 to become 5-1, the league’s 4th best record. The improbable win came after the Pistons were down 13 points going into the 4th quarter; however, they rode a 41-11 period to get their 3rd straight road win to start the season.

Leading the way for Detroit is the dynamic duo of Reggie Jackson and Andre Drummond. Jackson put up a career-high 40 points in Portland, 26 of which came in the 4th quarter. The only players with more points in a 4th quarter in the last 15 years are Dirk and Kobe. Meanwhile Drummond dropped an insane 29 points and 27 rebounds, his third 20-20 game of the year already. The rest of the league combined has merely one such game. Drummond is averaging a monstrous 20.3 points and 20.3 rebounds per game this year. Albeit we only have a small sample size, but he may be on his way to a historic season we haven’t seen the likes of in a while. His 20.3 rebound average will be extremely difficult to keep up, but it would be the highest average since Wilt Chamberlain’s 21.1 during the 1969 NBA Season.

Stan Van Gundy has Detroit basketball looking up and well on their way to their first postseason appearance since 2009. Van Gundy was the mastermind behind the ’09 Orlando Magic team with Dwight Howard and a slew of shooters around him. This Pistons team is beginning to look a little like those Magic, with Drummond playing the Howard role, and Jackson as Jameer Nelson.

These Motown men will face a challenging test tonight as they travel to Oracle Arena to play the defending champion Golden State Warriors. The Warriors are an unbelievable 52-4 at home in the last two years, while the Pistons are one of four teams that haven’t lost on the road yet this year. Could tonight’s game be a Finals preview? Maybe not, but nonetheless, the Pistons are rolling, and the Palace of Auburn Hills is rocking once again.

AUBURN HILLS, MI - DECEMBER 21: Andre Drummond #0 of the Detroit Pistons dunks against the Houston Rockets on December 21, 2013 at The Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Michigan. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2013 NBAE (Photo by Allen Einstein/NBAE via Getty Images)