Cade Cunningham vs. Evan Mobley in Pistons comeback win

Detroit Pistons guard Cade Cunningham Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports
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Detroit Pistons, Frank Jackson
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The bench gets a win for the Detroit Pistons

Yes, Cade Cunningham had a triple double, Saddiq Bey dropped 31 and Beef Stew had a great all-around game, but the Pistons wouldn’t have won this one without the bench.

Frank Jackson carried Detroit in the 1st half with 17 points and was really the only reason they weren’t blown out.

The Pistons are a different team when Frank is making shots, as he opens up the game and gives them the “instant offense” that seems to get the whole team going.

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We’ve joked a lot about Trey Lyles this season, and he is still frustrating at times, but you can’t deny the results. Since the beginning of December, Lyles is 5th in the NBA in bench scoring and has given Detroit consistent effort and production.

Killian Hayes and Rodney McGruder didn’t score much but they did a lot of little things to contribute towards the win, especially Killian, who had some great passes down the stretch to set up open teammates.

It was a team effort for the Pistons, which is exactly what it takes when your best player is struggling to make shots.

The game also offered a microcosm of the Cade Cunningham vs. Evan Mobley debate.