Jonas Jerebko

After scoring 17 points in the opener at Indiana, Jonas Jerebko had one of the best games of his career Saturday as the Pistons won their first game of the season. He scored 20 points and grabbed 12 rebounds — one shy of his career high — in a 96-88 victory over the Pacers at The Palace.

Jerebko shot 8-for-14 from the field — including 3 of 4 from 3-point range — and scored 16 points in the first half as Detroit built a 52-44 advantage at the intermission.

“Jonas is great,” said coach Lawrence Frank. “One of the things that was a consistent thing was how hard he worked at rehab. He basically lived with Arnie Kander. It speaks volumes about his dedication to come back from an injury like that. Meeting Jonas and seeing how hard he works you can see why.

“When you look at the two preseason games and now we’ve played four regular-season games, each game he gains more confidence and more rhythm and he looks more and more comfortable out there. That’s an encouraging sign.”

– Reported by Brendan Savage of the Flint Journal