Tuesday’s game between the Detroit Pistons and Philadelphia 76ers featured Joel Embiid with his strongest troll game and an Andre Drummond ejection.
But Blake Griffin was the star, scoring a career-high 50 points in a 133-132 Pistons win, including the go-ahead free throw on an and-one to ice the game.
Griffin reaches career high with game-winning points
Griffin’s layup with 1.8 seconds left pushed him past his previous career-high of 47 points and tied the game before he sealed the deal with a free throw.
“We kept taking punches,” Griffin said in his postgame interview. “At halftime, I said this wan’t going to be a game where the person who punches the most wins. It’s going to be the person who can take the most punches. We did that.”
Griffin becomes 6th Pistons player with 50 points
Griffin became the sixth Pistons player ever to reach the 50-point plateau. He finished the game with 50 points, 14 rebounds and six assists. He got hot from distance, hitting 5-of-10 3-pointers.
Griffin’s game-winning overtime points weren’t his first heroics of the night. He scored the last bucket of regulation on a jump shot to tie the game at 120 with 34.6 seconds remaining to send the game to the extra session.
Embiid, Drummond tussle throughout
When they got there, the Pistons were playing without their starting center Drummond, who was ejected late after another contentious head-to-head matchup with Embiid.
Embiid, who frequently puts Drummond in his crosshairs, was in his ear throughout the night, telling him repeatedly “you know you can’t guard me.”
Embiid won't stop telling Drummond he can't guard him 😂 pic.twitter.com/mHnml0y1wl
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) October 24, 2018
Embiid was right. The 76ers center was a force, tallying 33 points and 10 rebounds while earning several trips to the foul line, where he hit 11-of-14 shots.
Drummond struggled from the field, hitting 6-of-20 shots while totaling 14 points and 16 rebounds. When Embiid flopped late while tussling in the paint with Drummond, the Pistons center had had enough. He picked up his second technical foul and was tossed before overtime started.
“Get him out of here”
Andre Drummond is ejected after picking up his 2nd tech 😨pic.twitter.com/XEUhOTBMg8
— Def Pen Hoops (@DefPenHoops) October 24, 2018
Embiid continued to troll Drummond through the media after the game, despite coming up on the losing end. He said that Drummond made contact with his face on the play that led to his ejection.
— Keith Pompey (@PompeyOnSixers) October 24, 2018
“All I was just doing was just talking and playing basketball, trying to win the game,” Embiid said. … I feel like I own a lot of real estate in his head.”
But the Pistons had just enough without Drummond in overtime with Griffin scoring six of the team’s 12 points in the session to secure the win.
While Embiid was smiling throughout the game, Griffin made sure the Pistons got the last laugh.
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