Career night for rookie Saddiq Bey powers Detroit Pistons to victory over Boston Celtics

On the 2nd night of a back-to-back versus an Eastern Conference competitor, the Pistons required a lift on Friday.

Novice wing Saddiq Bey increased to the event — and after that some. He scored a career-high 30 points, got a career-high 12 rebounds and set the franchise’s record for 3-pointers made in a video game by a novice, going 7-for-7 from deep to lead the Pistons to a 105-102 disturbed versus the Boston Celtics.

Delon Wright continued his run of strong efficiencies with 22 points, 7 helps and 6 rebounds. He has at least 22 points and 7 helps in 3 of his last 4 video games. The Pistons enhanced to 3-1 total when Wright ratings a minimum of 20 points.

Jayson Tatum led the Celtics with 33 points, and Jaylen Brown included 27.

Saddiq Bey of the Detroit Pistons celebrates after scoring against the Boston Celtics during the fourth quarter of the Pistons 108-102 win over the Celtics at TD Garden on Feb. 12, 2021, in Boston, Massachusetts.

Saddiq Bey of the Detroit Pistons commemorates after scoring versus the Boston Celtics throughout the 4th quarter of the Pistons 108-102 win over the Celtics at TD Garden on Feb. 12, 2021, in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Saddiq Bey has historical shooting night

Bey has actually had stretches this season where he appeared like the very best shooter on the lineup. On Thursday, he was definitely that. And more

Bey couldn’t miss out on, to put it merely. He posterized Grant Williams midway through the 2nd quarter, drew a nasty and finished the and-1. The play appeared to stimulate him, as he made all 3 of his 3-point efforts prior to halftime. In the 2nd and 3rd quarters, he went 5-for-5 from 3 and made 7 of his 8 efforts from the field.

It wasn’t all 3-pointers, either. He pulled back Williams from the 3-point line to the rim in the very first quarter for a layup and drew a nasty on Jaylen Brown while publishing him up towards completion of the 2nd quarter. Transforming looks inside the arc has actually been a procedure for Bey this season, however he hasn’t avoided being physical near the rim; it settled numerous times versus the Celtics.

Head coach Dwane Casey placed Bey back into the video game with 2:10 reamining in the 4th, with the Pistons nursing a two-point lead after leading by double-digits at the start of the quarter. On hint, Bey struck the game-clinching 3-pointer with 38.7 seconds left.

Friday was a profession night for Bey, however it has actually been a great week in general for the novice. He scored 15 throughout Detroit’s win versus the Brooklyn Internet on Tuesday, making all 6 of his shots, consisting of 3 3-pointers. All 15 can be found in the 4th quarter. After a strong start to the season, Bey went cold towards the middle of January. It appears like he’s discovered his rhythm once again.

Saddiq Bey of the Detroit Pistons and Daniel Theis of the Boston Celtics reach for a rebound during the second quarter at TD Garden on Feb. 12, 2021 in Boston.

Saddiq Bey of the Detroit Pistons and Daniel Theis of the Boston Celtics grab a rebound throughout the 2nd quarter at TD Garden on Feb. 12, 2021 in Boston.

Injuries require more experimentation at center

The Pistons lacked Mason Plumlee (best elbow bursitis) and Jahlil Okafor (left knee surgical treatment) on Thursday versus the Indiana Pacers, and their absence of size injured them in the 17-point loss. Casey stated the Pistons would count on Sekou Doumbouya as a small-ball center till Plumlee returned.

However Doumbouya was out Friday with a concussion. Isaiah Stewart logged his 2nd profession start, however subbed out less than 3 minutes in after getting his 2nd nasty. Jerami Grant, who played center prior to signing up with the Pistons, made his franchise launching at the position at the start of the 2nd quarter.

Griffin, who played both video games on a back-to-back for the very first time considering that 2019, likewise played extended minutes at center. It’s uncertain if Plumlee or Doumbouya will return in time for Sunday’s video game versus the New Orleans Pelicans.

Detroit Pistons forward Saddiq Bey (41) drives the ball against Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) in the third quarter Feb. 12, 2021, at TD Garden.

Detroit Pistons forward Saddiq Bey (41) drives the ball versus Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) in the 3rd quarter Feb. 12, 2021, at TD Garden.

Pistons remain hot vs. excellent groups

Those who haven’t been seeing the Pistons carefully this season may be amazed to read who their 7 wins have actually come versus this season.

The list — the Celtics, Phoenix Suns, Miami Heat, Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Lakers, Nets and the Celtics, once again.

Even with a blowout loss Thursday, the previous 7 days may’ve been Detroit’s finest of the season. They took a healthy Lakers group to 2 overtimes Saturday, beat the Internet (albeit without Kevin Durant) in the house on Tuesday, and decisively beat the Celtics on Friday. The Pistons are striking their stride as their hard schedule is set to reduce up.

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This short article initially appeared on Detroit Free Press: Detroit Pistons, Saddiq Bey stun Boston Celtics, 105-102

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