Charlie Villanueva just played the best game of his Pistons career. The three-point specialist decided it was up to him to step into Andre Drummond's rather large shoes and delivered a great 18-point, 13-rebound performance in the Detroit Pistons' 105-100 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on a snowy Saturday at the Bradley Center.
Three of those 18 points were late in the fourth quarter with the score tied at 100-100 when Villanueva took a Will Bynum pass form the top of the key, dribbled himself into position and connected as the shot clock was expiring.
But importantly, it wasn't just three pointers for Villanueva. He was driving into the lane and looking for quality shots in the paint, at the baseline and at the elbow. He also blocked out well all night and picked up the rebounding slack the Pistons needed with Drummond out, and especially when Greg Monroe was getting his rest on the bench.
CV grabbed 13 rebounds for first time as a member of the Detroit Pistons. He only had 13 or more 12 times in his career before tonight, eight as a member of the Bucks. It was also only his seventh double-double as a member of the Pistons.
When asked about his teammate's big game, Jose Calderon said Villanueva was "caliente."
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