US in awe of unreal one-man freak show

BLAKE Griffin scored a career-high 50 points and had the game-winner after he was fouled on a driving layup with 1.8 seconds left as Detroit topped Philadelphia 133-132 in a wild overtime thriller in the NBA on Wednesday (AEST).

The 29-year-old had the best game of his life, becoming just the sixth Piston ever — and the first in nearly 12 years — to notch a half century of points in a single outing.

He also filled his stat sheet with 14 rebounds and six assists as Detroit overcame a 76ers side missing Ben Simmons because of back soreness.

Griffin was traded to the Pistons in January after the unwanted star was shafted by the LA Clippers and he had Detroit rocking on Wednesday. He made five three-pointers and recovered from an 0-6 start at the free throw line to sink his last five — including the winning basket at the death — in a performance that stunned NBA fans.

“We just kept fighting, we kept taking punches,” Griffin said after the game. “We just believed and kept fighting.”

The Pistons are now 3-0 to start the season and Griffin is averaging 36.3 points, 5.7 assists and 11.3 rebounds a game in season 2018/19.

Pistons’ Blake Griffin w/ new-career high 50 points in OT win vs. Sixers.
– Previous: 47 for LAC vs. IND on 1/17/11.
– Most points by a Piston since Richard Hamilton had 51 vs. NYK on 12/27/06.
– 6th player in DET history to score 50.
– NBA’s first 50-point game of 2018-19.

Well damn @blakegriffin23… he literally had it going up on a Tuesday!!!
50 piece & the OT W ???

Blake Griffin for president after a 1-point win by the #Pistons in OT over the #76ers. 50 points?!! That’s crazy!! 3-0 in regular season play!! #DetroitBasketball #Detroit

[email protected] was unreal tonight. I’m about to be a bit of a @DetroitPistons fan this year ???

Blake Griffin best red headed athlete of all time?

Blake Griffin just had best game I’ve ever seen from him. Career high 50 points including game winning shot and free throw (and-one) with 1.8 seconds left in OT. Pistons beat 76ers 133-132. Sparse crowd chanting MVP! MVP! MVP!

JJ Redick’s four-point play with 5.6 seconds left in overtime set up Griffin’s dramatics, while Sixers star Joel Embiid, who had 33 points and 11 rebounds, missed a potential game-winner at the buzzer.

Redick had 30 points and scored a three-pointer while being fouled by Reggie Jackson after the Pistons point guard made two free throws to take a 130-128 lead. Griffin faked a hand-off on the final play and drove the lane for the basket, getting fouled by Robert Covington before making the ensuing free throw for the win.

Griffin was 20 of 35 from the field, going five for 10 on three-pointers, scoring his most points as a member of the Pistons for the second straight game. He scored 22 points in the second quarter and had 28 in the first half despite his less than impressive start from the charity stripe. He also dunked on Embiid with 3:50 to go in the second quarter.

Griffin was on fire.Source:AFP

Jackson had 23 points and Ish Smith scored 21 for the Pistons, who are 3-0 for the first time since 2015-16, the last time they made the playoffs. In overtime, Griffin and Smith had three-pointers to give the Pistons a 126-120 lead. But Redick had a traditional three-point play and then a three-pointer as the 76ers tied it at 128-all with 2:03 left.

Detroit took the lead for the first time since late in the first quarter as two Griffin free throws put the Pistons up 111-110 with 3:09 remaining. Then, down the stretch of regulation, the teams traded the lead six times, with three ties.

After Embiid missed a three-pointer and Reggie Bullock missed a runner in the lane, Dario Saric had an open look on a three-pointer but missed it in the closing seconds, forcing overtime.

with AP

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