THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Saturday, December 19, 2015, 1:21 AM
CHICAGO (AP) — Andre Drummond didn’t have to say much to describe this four-overtime marathon. He could have stopped after the first word.
“Wow,” he said. “I don’t have any words for that one.”
Wow pretty much sums it up.
Drummond had 33 points and 21 rebounds, Reggie Jackson added 31 points and 13 assists, and the Pistons outlasted the Chicago Bulls 147-144 on Friday night.
The Pistons scored the first seven points of the fourth OT and hung on after things got real tense in the final seconds.
Butler, who scored a career-high 43 points, made an off-balance 3-pointer to cut it to 145-144 with 4.7 seconds left.
The Bulls immediately fouled Jackson, who made both free throws to make it a three-point game.
Butler then missed that 3 as time expired, bringing a wild game to a finish.
Derrick Rose scored a season-best 34 on a career-high 34 field-goal attempts for Chicago. Pau Gasol added 30 points, 15 rebounds and five blocks, but the Bulls couldn’t pull this one out after tying a season high with four straight wins.
“We’re expected to win,” Butler said. “Four overtimes, no overtimes. We didn’t do that. Didn’t protect our home floor.”
In a back-and-forth game that saw both teams miss chances to win, the Pistons finally went ahead for good with that surge to start the fourth OT.
Drummond started it with a follow dunk. Jackson then drove for a layup and converted a three-point play after getting fouled on a floater to make it 134-127 with 3:37 left, and the Pistons maintained the lead the rest of the way.
“You fight hard, you put everything you have on the court and to lose like this in four overtimes at home, it’s a heartbreaker,” Gasol said. “It happens.”
This was the 13th game in league history to go to at least four overtimes.
Chicago’s only other four-OT game was a win at Portland on March 16, 1984. There was no record of the Pistons playing a four-overtime game in Detroit’s media guide.
Was it fun?
“Maybe for you guys,” Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said. “I think for Fred (Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg) and I it was excruciating. But maybe for you guys it was fun. It was an epic game.”
Fun, excruciating and epic all seem appropriate here.
Drummond — who had five fouls in regulation but didn’t pick up his sixth until the fourth OT — laughed when asked how tired he was.
“I’m more happy than tired right now, but I’m sure when I get on the plane, you probably won’t hear a word out of me,” he said.