This was a big win for a Detroit team trying to climb back into the playoffs in the East. It was a painful loss for a Portland team trying not to fall out of the playoffs in the West.
And it all came down to a Kentavious Caldwell-Pope three.
There were 11.6 seconds left in the second overtime and the Pistons trailed 124-122. On the inbounds play Caldwell-Pope came off a little screen to go down by the baseline, waited for a second, and while Allen Crabbe ball watched KCP made a sharp cut to the arc, Andre Drummond set enough of a pick to slow Crabbe a little more, and Caldwell-Pope got off a clean three. Ballgame. Well, it was after C.J. McCollum couldn’t convert a Portland game winner, but he had forced OT and double OT with his shots.
Drummond had 26 points and 13 rebounds for the Pistons. Crabbe had 30 points for the Blazers.
The Pistons are now 1.5 games out of the playoffs in the East. This is the kind of win that can help reignite a struggling team.
Portland remains tied with the Kings for the eight seed in the West, with New Orleans, Denver, and now even the Los Angeles Lakers within two games. We’ll see if anybody actually wants that playoff spot.