The Detroit Pistons kept their playoff hopes alive with a last-gasp win over the recently impressive Milwaukee Bucks last night.
Once again, Andre Drummond was the hero in Motor City after pouncing on a rebound from a failed Kentavious Caldwell-Pope jumper. The center tipped-in the two points that would give the Pistons a 92-91 victory over their Eastern Conference rivals and leave them only one game behind the Chicago Bulls, whom currently inhabit the final playoff spot.
It was business as usual for the 22-year-old Drummond as this put-back was one of 16 rebounds on the night for the leading board-grabber in the league and one of six offensive claims.
The 2016 All-Star also managed to put up 14 points in the affair following a titanic clash with the Bucks' Greg Monroe and his latest double-double stands to be one of his most important of the campaign.
The 'Greek Freak' Giannis Antetokounmpo recorded a double-double himself with 21 points and 12 rebounds in addition to five assists, but the 21-year-old operated in one of the forward slots during this encounter as opposed to the point guard position that coach Jason Kidd had chosen for him to innovate since the All-Star break.
That was likely in a bid to thwart the rim presence of Drummond who is still bagging 14.9 boards a night deep into the regular season.
However, Antetokounmpo failed in his task as he was the interior defender on the final game-winning play that Drummond rose above to bring the Pistons the all important W.
Drummond can be seen giving his fellow youngster some physical treatment in the build-up to the last-second winner. Who knows, maybe that's how the New-York-born center got his vital advantage.
Drummond may only be 22, but this is his fourth season in the NBA now and he's exhibiting career highs to get excited about.
The ninth pick in the 2012 draft is averaging career highs in the form of 16.5 buckets, 14.9 boards and 1.5 steals every outing this term. That indicates not only a significant jump in his production, but the third season in a row where he's posting a double-double average.
Sacramento Kings star DeMarcus Cousins is another dominant center lighting up the NBA at present. The 25-year-old is fourth on the scorers list this season only behind James Harden, Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry, but the two-time All-Star noticed back in November the strides the Pistons man had made:
"Man, Andre is full of potential, man," Cousins said. "I think he's having an amazing year. I mean, he's leading his team. The kid's full of potential. He's definitely one of the best bigs in this league."