Jackson's late surge wins it for the Pistons

Detroit Pistons point guard Reggie Jackson (centre) looks for a play against the Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre.
Detroit Pistons point guard Reggie Jackson (centre) looks for a play against the Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre.PHOTO: REUTERS/USA TODAY SPORTS

NEW YORK • For most of Monday, point guard Reggie Jackson appeared to be feeling the effects of dehydration and other ailments.

His right calf cramped up in the third quarter and Detroit Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy considered pulling him out.

But Jackson stayed on and finished with a flourish, hitting three clutch shots in the final 2min 4sec as the Pistons blew a 10-point lead before recording a 105-100 National Basketball Association league victory over the Brooklyn Nets.

"That's what he does," Detroit centre Andre Drummond said.

"The fourth quarter, he really steps up to the plate and makes things happen."

Jackson made the difference even while playing with a jammed thumb and finished with 19 points in 31:25.

Two days after spending time in a Toronto hospital being administered fluids for dehydration, he helped the Pistons avoid a third straight loss with a three-pointer and two floaters.

"I was about to take him out before that stretch at the end because he looked like he was about dead," Van Gundy said.

"But then he made every play down the stretch."

Before the late flurry, Jackson was 5-of-17 from the field and it appeared Detroit had lost momentum.

They faced a 95-98 deficit with 2:24 remaining following a dunk and free throw by Nets centre Brook Lopez. But 20 seconds later, the game was tied for the 12th time when Jackson knocked down a 25-foot three-pointer.

After assisting on a dunk by Drummond that gave the Pistons a 100-98 lead with 1:30 remaining, Jackson knocked down a 19-foot shot with 51 seconds left to give Detroit a 102-98 lead. He finished by hitting a five-foot floater with 14.9 seconds remaining for a 104-100 edge.

"That's tough," said Nets centre Lopez, who tipped Jackson's last shot before it went in.

"I kind of wanted to ask for half a point or something."

While Jackson finished strong, Drummond was an interior force most of the night, helping the Pistons get 52 points in the paint and 28 second-chance points.

He collected 21 points and 18 rebounds for his league-leading 40th double-double while getting five dunks and shooting 10-for-15 from the floor.

REUTERS

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 03, 2016, with the headline 'Jackson's late surge wins it for the Pistons'. Print Edition | Subscribe