For the Pistons to become a good team, beating teams like the rebuilding Boston Celtics at home should become so commonplace the game should be played on autopilot.

Unfortunately, that’s what it looked like for portions of Sunday’s game—not quite a letdown after losing in overtime to Memphis but certainly not an outfit suitable for framing as they beat the Celtics 87-77 at the Palace—in Brandon Jennings’ debut as a Piston.

Aside from a couple spectacular plays, he didn’t have to do much other than take care of the ball to be extremely effective because the Pistons again treated it as if it were diseased, particularly in the third quarter, when the Celtics cut a 15-point lead to seven after nine turnovers.

It was so bad that Jennings’ half-court heave to end the period—an attempt that bounced off the rim—was one of their best possessions of the period because they didn’t give it away.

“We need to be more engaged for 48 minutes,” Jennings said. “We have lapses where we relax and let teams back in. Like Chauncey (Billups) said, it’s important we be engaged. Those first five minutes in the third quarter are real important.”

It hit critical mass in the fourth, when the Celtics actually took a 65-63 lead before Jennings showed the hometown crowd what he’ll do best.

First, he broke the Celtics’ defense off the dribble on a pick-and-roll for a layup, then on a semi-break, found a streaking Kyle Singler in traffic for a layup and subsequent three-point play to restore order.

Finally, he noticed his defender backing off a screen, not wanting to give up the drive so he nailed a 3-pointer to put the Pistons up 8, capping off a 10-0 run—and did all of this without the mask he wore in the first half used to protect his fractured jaw.

“I’m a hooper,” Jennings proclaimed after the morning shootaround, and later he showed why he called himself that, after losing his balance, found Andre Drummond for a layup, bouncing a pass while on the floor.

As pretty as that pass was—one that had Jennings in full-strut mode immediately after—it was a struggle for the Pistons to sustain concentration and execute when they had the Celtics ready to submit.

They dominated early thanks to easy mismatches on the interior, as Andre Drummond had the first three field-goals with dunks , as they scored 54 points in the paint, leading many to believe it would be an easy evening.