The Indiana Pacers dominated the Detroit Pistons in every way imaginable last night as they won by 37 points. One of the many highlights of the night was Darren Collison’s perfect shooting performance as he made all seven of his shot attempts for 19 points.
These shot attempts weren’t wide open attempts. Collison made some impressive shots while also dishing out seven assists with only one turnover.
The fact that he only took his first shot with four minutes left makes his perfect shooting night even more impressive especially with a taller player directly in front of him and the shot clock winding down.
After his first dunk of the season that made the entire bench lose its collective mind and following it up with a step-back 3-pointer, Myles Turner decided to capture the Collison moment in all its glory by pretending to take a picture with his hands.
This game encapsulated his complete turnaround from the beginning of the year.
After starting the season playing perhaps the worst basketball of his career and looking like he may repeat his own Pacers history, Collison has quietly bounced back in the month of December.
In the first 22 games of the season’s first two months, Collison averaged 8.9 points and 4.8 assists per game while making just 42.5% of his attempts overall and 30% of his 3-point attempts.
In 14 games in December, Collison is still only averaging 9.6 points per game, but he’s shooting 48.9% overall and 44.2% from 3-point range. He’s also increased his assists to 6.9 per game.
He’s back to being his ultra-efficient self that led the league in 3-point percentage last year and he’s been a big part of the Pacers success this month that has led to them being just 1.5 games back of the Raptors for first in the East. At 24-12, Indiana has the third-best record in the NBA.
“If you look at the boxscore with this team, you’re not watching,” he told reporters after the game. “What makes this team special is that we do things that don’t show up in the box score.”