The burden of being a singular playmaker weighed heavily on Brandon Jennings, so it isn’t a surprise to see the Pistons go to a mini-backcourt down the stretch in their last two wins.

Neither Jennings nor Will Bynum would qualify as a classic, pass-first point guard; both are among the smallest point guards in the league. But Jennings clearly needed help in terms of creating shots in fourth quarters, so the two were paired together and the positives have so far outweighed the negatives.

Pistons coach Maurice Cheeks wants Jennings to mature and develop into a better decision-maker, but putting Bynum out there clearly eases the burden.

“Yeah he’s been screaming it for the longest,” said Bynum, referring to Jennings. “(Cheeks) found a solution.”

Bynum scored 18 points in 33 minutes in their win at Philadelphia, which broke a six-game losing streak. The diminutive Bynum, generously listed at 5-foot-10, is one of the physically toughest players on the roster — and isn’t a slouch in terms of mental toughness, either.

“I just need minutes. If I get minutes I’ll play consistently,” said Bynum, pointedly. “I play with heart and energy and that’s needed on this team. We don’t do that consistently enough. That’s part of the problem we have.”

He hasn’t had his usual burst of energy this season, battling a nagging hamstring injury that has caused him to miss a handful of games on two occasions and still “isn’t fully there yet, but good enough to be out there,” he said.

He followed up his performance in Philly with 16 points in 23 minutes against the Suns, who employed a smaller lineup in the fourth quarter.

“Defensively it could give you a problem, depending on who the other team has,” Cheeks said. “Offensively it takes Brandon off the ball some. It doesn’t always have to have the ball in his hands. He’s also one of our better shooters so Will penetrating and Brandon spotting up gives us another avenue.”

Jennings had a season-high 18 assists and continued to struggle from the field, making 4 of his 14 shot attempts and missing all five 3-pointers.