Playing on back-to-back nights against a reeling team on Saturday, the Detroit Pistons made too many mistakes defensively, went cold from the floor in the first half and let the Sacramento Kings hang around too long.

It was a game last season's Pistons might have lost.

But this year's Pistons have a kind of swagger about them, a renewed confidence and much resolve. It wasn't their best game, but they did what they were supposed to do, grinding out a 108-99 victory at Little Caesars Arena.

At 7-3, this is the Pistons' best 10-game start since 2008-09. They are 3-0 on the second night of back-to-backs (they were 3-14 last season) and have won the first two games of a five-game homestand.

"Playing all these back-to-back games, everybody is still a little banged up from the night before," Andre Drummond said. "But it was a game we needed and a game we wanted, so we went out there in the second half and played the way we were supposed to."

Avery Bradley scored a season-high 24 points. Tobias Harris collected 20 points, five rebounds and five assists. Drummond scored 16 points and pulled down a season-best 19 rebounds. Reggie Jackson contributed 15 points and seven assists. Ish Smith sparked the team with eight of his 10 points in the third quarter.

"They hurt us playing small-ball," said Kings coach Dave Joerger, whose team (1-8) has dropped seven in a row. "Their starters are really in a rhythm right now and they are playing well. Avery had a nice night, Reggie was pretty quiet, but he facilitated a great game. I thought he called a great game with Tobias and Avery, and then Ish came in in the second half and it was really, really good. We talked about the ball pressure; they're athletic and they're strong."

The Pistons made off-season changes with an eye toward improving their shooting, especially from 3-point range, improving their defense, adding ball-handlers, strengthening their bench and just developing a tougher mindset.