Detroit Pistons and Saddiq Bey steamy in 121-117 win over Pacers

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

The Pistons beat the Indiana Pacers, 121-117, behind a 31-point performance from Saddiq Bey. Detroit was without Cade Cunningham (right hip pain) 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 shots on 18 and seven of nine 3-point shots, 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.

Detroit Pistons forward Saddiq Bey (41) shoots the ball in the first half against the Indiana Pacers at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on Sunday, April 3, 2022.

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

Detroit Pistons guard Frank Jackson (5) dives 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 over into the offseason. Their young players are playing at a high level, and they will have a high draft pick and cap space to further bolster the roster.

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