Detroit Pistons, Burning Bay’s friend in 121-117 win over Pacers

Injuries continued to pile up against the Detroit Pistons, but they didn’t stop them from winning their third game in a row on Sunday.

The Pistons defeated the Indiana Pacers, 121-117, behind a 31-point performance from Bey’s friend. Detroit was without Kid Cunningham (right hip ache) and Corey Joseph (left lumbar spine strain); Join Jerami Grant, Marvin Bagley III and Hamidou Diallo in streetwear at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

Bey scored 31 points on 11-for-18 shooting and seven of nine 3-pointers, in under 23 minutes of movement. Frank Jackson finished with 19 points, newly signed goalkeeper Carson Edwards added 13 points and nine assists, and Braxton Key, who was promoted to a pre-game two-legged contract, added 12 points and nine rebounds.

Detroit Pistons forward Sadiq Bay (41) hits the ball in the first half against the Indiana Pacers at Ginbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on Sunday, April 3, 2022.

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Detroit (23-56) led for nearly 17 minutes into the second half, and advanced well with the 3-pointer Jackson with nearly three minutes remaining in the third quarter. The Pistons led by as much as 12 points lately and had one of the season’s best nights from behind the arc, defeating the season 21 three-pointers in 41 attempts (51.2%).

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

The Pistons believe their current momentum will carry over into the off season. Their young players are playing to a high standard, and they will have a high draft and plenty of room to bolster the roster.

“I said that, 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,” said Pistons coach Duane Casey. “The momentum and level of confidence these guys are getting now is a bit like what Phoenix did. They added Chris Paul. They had a good bubble, not great but good. They rode it in the summer with confidence. These games will give a guy like Sadiq Bey and guys like Kid confidence confidence.” Next year, what they’re doing now next year is going to be a big step for them. It’s hard to stop that.