Griffin's big night helped the Pistons improve to 3-0 for the first time since the 2015-2016 season, which was the last time they were in the playoffs. The former Los Angeles Clippers star made 5-of-10 shots from beyond the arc, including a key three-pointer late in regulation, as well as one at the beginning of overtime. This all helped Griffin score his most points as a member of the Pistons for a second straight game, despite him missing his first six free throws of the night. Although, he did make the one that mattered most, giving his team the lead in overtime.
The Sixers dropped to 2-2 on the season, with both of their losses coming on the road, as they were playing without Ben Simmons due to a back injury. They did have the lead late in the extra period after J.J. Redick completed a four-point play with 5.6 seconds left, but that was before Griffin worked his magic. Joel Embiid had his third straight 30-point game, scoring 33 points with 11 rebounds in the loss. Redick finished the night with 30 points of his own, while Dario Saric chipped in 14 points on the night.
For the Pistons, while Griffin took over the headlines, there were other contributors as well, with Reggie Jackson finishing with 23 points. Ish Smith came off the bench with 21 points, a majority of which came in the fourth quarter and overtime, as these two teams went back and forth down the stretch in a playoff-type contest.
With Simmons out, the Sixers gave rookie Landry Shamet his first-career start and he had just five points in 24 minutes. The Sixers will now battle the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night, while the undefeated Pistons stay home to host the winless Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday night.