Published: Mon, November 20, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Pistons' Reggie Jackson ices Timberwolves' Jimmy Butler at free throw line

Pistons' Reggie Jackson ices Timberwolves' Jimmy Butler at free throw line

Not only did point guard Reggie Jackson take over the fourth quarter, ala James, but he also iced Timberwolves free-throw shooter Jimmy Butler with a tactic James was very familiar with.

The Detroit Pistons are off to a blazing-hot start in the 2017-18 season, after splitting the first four games, Motown went on a 3-game win streak, followed by a 5-game win streak to reach 10 wins in their first 13 games.

The Pistons broke his and the Cavaliers hearts in the 2006 Eastern Conference semifinals, winning Game 7, 79-61. It's the first meeting between the two teams this season.

After he made two free throws, Jackson broke Butler's rhythm by stepping into the lane to say something to Stanley Johnson.

The Hornets are two-point favorites for this game, but Saturday's win marked the first time in seven games (1-5-1) they have covered against the spread.

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Asked if he missed The Palace, he smiled and said, "I don't know, man".

"I've done it before", James said.

A balanced attack keyed the Timberwolves' earlier win over the Hornets. "I won a playoff series before doing that actually".

Minnesota lost their last game to the Detroit Pistons, 100 - 97; Drummond: Double-doubles in 12 of 16 games. Butler looked at Jackson as if to say, "are you serious", and then missed the foul shot.

Charlotte won their last game against the L.A. Clippers, 102 - 87; Hornets finish game on 23-7 run. - Minnesota are 24th in bench scoring at 29.7 points per game, but that low figure is deceiving because their reserves had logged an NBA-low 1,087 minutes heading into Sunday's game. Offensively for Minnesota, it wouldn't be surprising to see Butler attack Batum given the Wolves guard is coming off his best offensive game of the season and Batum has played just three games overall.

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