Detroit guard Chauncey Billups has stepped up his offensive game so far this season.
After his most prolific night of the season, Billups looks to turn in another strong performance as the league-leading Pistons play host to the Portland Trail Blazers.
Billups scored a season-high 30 points—capped by a game-winning 15-footer with 0.3 seconds left in the second overtime—in Detroit’s 106-104 win Monday over the Memphis Grizzlies.
Billups missed last-second shots in regulation and the first overtime.
“I was happy I got that opportunity again,” he said. “We had some good chances. I know I did. I didn’t get it to go at first. But you know how we do. We kept sticking around and sticking around and kept getting those chances, and I took it.”
Billups is averaging 19 points per game this season, 2.1 more than his previous career-high, set in 2003-04. He also has scored at least 20 points in five of his last seven games.
In his last six games against Portland, Billups has averaged 18.6 points. He has scored an average of just 12.3 points in 17 games versus the Trail Blazers.
The Spurs and Pistons met for the NBA title last season with San Antonio winning in seven games.
Detroit, which has won four straight and 10 of 11, has topped 100 points in each of their last four games.
“Yeah, tough games, three good teams, but what do you do?” forward Viktor Khryapa said. “You just have to play together, play hard and see what happens.”
The Trail Blazers on Sunday beat the Washington Wizards 97-92, snapping a three-game losing streak.
Detroit has won four of its last five matchups against Portland.