AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- The Will Bynum-Brandon Jennings backcourt is a tandem coach Maurice Cheeks could use in future games based on Friday's success at Philadelphia.
Both are point guards, but Jennings, who leads the team with 8.2 assists per game, gets a break from having the ball with Bynum playing.
"I think it takes some of the pressure off Brandon when I'm handling the ball," Bynum said.
Cheeks said: "Obviously, Will would say that.
"When you play different lineups that kind of worked, you have to take a look at it to see if that was a one-game thing or you just have to pay attention to it," Cheeks said.
Jennings had 18 assists in 42 minutes in the Pistons' 110-108 win over Phoenix on Saturday night. Bynum came off the bench to score 16 points in 23 minutes. Eight of Bynum's points came in the fourth quarter when he and Jennings shared time in the backcourt together for extended minutes for the second straight game.
"We played Brandon and Will together before, but I don't know if we played them at this long a stretch as we did (Friday) night. It was two things: We had Will with the ball, and we had two ball handlers out there who could score the ball and put the ball on the floor."
Bynum had 16 points and eight rebounds off the bench in 34 minutes, but led the team with five turnovers in the 114-104 win at Philly.
Jennings played 28 minutes and had 19 points and six assists.
"Brandon was good off the ball," Cheeks said. "I think what it does is it doesn't allow Brandon to always be on the ball. If you have another guy out there who can put the ball on the floor, create something else and maybe kick the ball out to him, it allows him to play a little freer without the ball."
Cheeks said Jennings off the ball gives the team another shooter.
"He doesn't have to play 40 minutes of point guard while he's still learning the position," Cheeks said.
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