As Pistons guard Will Bynum discussed the future, he probably didn't know he was invoking a famous quote from the past.

Bynum was breaking down the Pistons' 120-116 victory over Utah on Saturday night. It was largely the result of energetic play by the Pistons' younger players, which Bynum explained through a phrase famously uttered by the late George Allen, the Washington Redskins' Hall of Fame coach who grew up in St. Clair Shores.

"Yeah, definitely, I think it was a look into the future," Bynum said. "Or better yet, maybe the future is now."

Allen's idea about a future spoke to the notion of seizing the moment. And that was exactly what Bynum and his young cohorts did. As veterans Rip Hamilton, Tayshaun Prince, Tracy McGrady and Ben Wallace missed the game for various reasons, the younger players -- and perhaps rising future stars -- were impressive throughout an energetic and entertaining game.

Bynum had 11 points and eight assists and fellow fourth-year player Rodney Stuckey had 28 points. Rookie Greg Monroe had his fourth straight double-double. Second-year players Austin Daye and DaJuan Summers added succor in the second half, when Daye scored 13 of his 18 points and Summers netted all seven of his.