Brown had 17 points and 10 assists in the Pistons' 93-73 win on Saturday afternoon. Rod Beard, The Detroit News
Las Vegas — The Pistons entered the NBA Summer League with a stacked group of perimeter players including three from their regular roster.
In Saturday’s second game of the exhibition schedule, they were unleashed.
The Pistons got hot from the outside and converted 10 3-pointers in the first half and finished with 15 in the game, fueling a convincing 93-73 victory over the Trail Blazers on Saturday afternoon at Thomas & Mack Center.
The Pistons improved to 2-0 in the Summer League and next play on Monday afternoon against the Pacers.
Svi Mykhailiuk had 18 points, Bruce Brown 17 points and 10 assists and Todd Withers 14 points for the Pistons.
Brown’s consistent and efficient play at point guard has been one of the biggest takeaways from the two games so far.
“He did a really good job of reading the defense, especially on pick-and-roll. He did a better job today of going from slow to fast but then fast to slow,” Pistons Summer League coach Sean Sweeney said. “Yesterday, he did a good job of changing speeds but once he got going, it was all downhill and today he was able to accelerate, slow down a little bit, let that big (man) catch up (and) then pick him apart whether it was the roller or weak side.”
Perimeter players Brown, Mykhailiuk and Khyri Thomas were the headliners on the Pistons’ roster, along with rookie Sekou Doumbouya, who has been sidelined both games because of a sore hamstring.
In both games, the Pistons’ trio has led the way, which bodes well for their playing time heading into the fall and training camp.
Brown has 17 assists in the two games, with only four turnovers. As they look to give him more opportunities to handle the ball and facilitate offense, he’s looking to take advantage. In the first two games, the signs are encouraging.
“After the first game, we know what everybody likes to do. I know my personnel really well and we’re just making shots,” Brown said. “I was just trying to find my teammates because they were open, and the easiest thing was to get them the ball and let them shoot it.”
The Pistons got off to a hot start, making their first five field goals. They started 10-of 12 from the field, racing to a 25-10 lead in the first 6:14 of the first quarter. Brown opened the game with a drive and Jarrod Uthoff hit a 3-pointer and another jumper.
They stretched the lead after a 16-4 run, with a 3-pointer and floater by Thomas (eight points) and three straight 3-pointers by Withers, for a 25-10 margin. The Blazers made a run behind Anfernee Simons (15 points) and closed to 30-19 but Mykhailiuk hit a 3-pointer at the first-quarter buzzer to push the lead back to 14.
The Pistons finished the first quarter 13-of-21 from the field and 7-of-10 on 3-pointers, with Brown leading the way in his transition to point guard.
“He was great today,” said Mykhailiuk, who was 6-of-13 from the field. “He was the best player on the court, getting everybody great looks and playing great defense.”
Although the focus is on the three perimeter players, the Pistons are being cautious with Doumbouya, who warmed up with the team but did not play, in what Sweeney called a “precautionary” move.