Aussies in NBA: Baynes scores career high vs Nets
|Jayme Markus||Mar 21, 2016|
Aron Baynes erupted in the fourth quarter against the Brooklyn Nets to finish with a career high 21 points in the Pistons 115-103 victory.
Baynes and his fellow bench buddies turned what was a dogfight into a romp in the final quarter, leading the Pistons to a much needed win as they fight for a playoff spot.
Along with his 21 points (8-of-13 FGs, 5-of-5 FTs), Baynes contributed 7 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 block in his 19 minutes of action.
"He's been more than we expected. He's certainly one of the best backup centers in the league" - SVG on @AronBaynes
— Detroit Pistons (@DetroitPistons) March 20, 2016
After an initial short stint in the second quarter, Baynes re-entered the game at the beginning of the 4th quarter with scores locked at 77 apiece.
The Brooklyn players looked like they had lost the will to engage in the physical play of the"Big Banger", who treated them akin to how a bowling ball treats the pins in a bowling alley.
He was able to flourish as a finisher thanks to some good ball movement by his teammates with the Pistons posting a season high 30 assists, 10 coming in the final quarter.
As a result, Baynes was able to find himself on the receiving end of numerous passes close to the basket, either from rolling hard to the rim or sealing his man deep.
He ended up played the entire final quarter, scoring 17 of his points in the period alone, almost eclipsing his previous career high of 18 in one quarter.
It was clear by their reaction on the bench that Baynes' teammates got a real kick out of his performance and only had praise for his professionalism and play after the game.
This season Baynes is averaging 6 points and 4.7 rebounds in 15 minutes per games, shooting 50% FGs and 71.5%FTs.