Blake Griffin had a career high 50 points in the Detroit Pistons' win over the 76ers.
"You know, the past two, three years, all I hear about is how bad I am, and I've been hurt, I've had bad games," Griffin said. "But we talked about it. This summer, being able to work out for the first time in three summers is huge, you know. The last three summers I was fighting and working as hard as I could to get healthy to be able to play.
"And this summer, I was able to really put time in and work on my game, work on my body, and I've always been a big believer in hard work pays off."
Griffin tied a career high with five 3-pointers and set a career mark with 20 field goals.
"He's playing at a high level right now," Pistons coach Dwane Casey said. "Offensively and defensively, he's out there talking and making decisions, communicating. He's playing great. Of all the great players I've worked with, Dirk [Nowitzki], Kyle Lowry, Kevin Garnett, Shawn Kemp, all those guys, he's playing at that high level right now.
"And he's just one of those guys that is taking it to another level, leading his team, putting them on his back, being a leader in the timeout. But again, that's what we expect from Blake because he is that good of a player."