Detroit Pistons, Saddiq Bey scorching in 121-117 win over Pacers

Injuries continue to pile up for the Detroit Pistons, but it didn’t stop them from winning their third straight game on Sunday.

The Pistons defeated the Indiana Pacers, 121-117, behind a 31-point performance from Saddiq Bey. Detroit was without Cade Cunningham (right hip soreness) and Cory Joseph (left lumbar spine strain); they joined Jerami Grant, Marvin Bagley III and Hamidou Diallo in street clothes at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

Bey scored his 31 points on 11-for-18 shooting and seven of nine 3-pointers, in just under 23 minutes of action. Frank Jackson finished with 19 points, newly-signed point guard Carsen Edwards added 13 points and nine assists, and Braxton Key, who was promoted to a two-way contract before the game, added 12 points and nine rebounds.

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Detroit (23-56) led for nearly 17 minutes in the second half, and took the lead for good with a Jackson 3-pointer with roughly three minutes left in the third quarter. The Pistons led by as many as 12 points in the final period and had one of their best night of the season from behind the arc, knocking down a season-high 21 3-pointers on 41 attempts (51.2%).

Detroit Pistons guard Frank Jackson (5) dunks the ball in the first half against the Indiana Pacers at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on Sunday, April 3, 2022.

The Pistons believe their current momentum will carry into the offseason. Their young players are playing at a high level, and they’ll have a high draft pick and cap space to further fortify the roster.

“I’ve said this, our big step is going to come from our free agency and the pick we get in the draft, add those two guys, whatever it is,” Pistons head coach Dwane Casey said. “The momentum, the confidence level that these guys are getting right now is sort of similar to what Phoenix did. They added Chris Paul. They had a good bubble, wasn’t great but good. They rode it into the summertime with confidence. These games will give a guy like Saddiq Bey and guys like Cade coming back next year confidence, and what they’re doing now coming into next year will be a huge step for them.

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