Friday, December 13, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Pistons 103, Nets 99
By Mike Mazzeo
The Brooklyn Nets didn't have Brook Lopez. The Detroit Pistons did have Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe.
For the second time this season, the Pistons took advantage of Lopez's absence and dominated the Nets inside in a 103-99 victory Friday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills.
As a result, Brooklyn's three-game winning streak came to an end.
WHAT IT MEANS: The Nets (8-15) might be able to overcome injuries to most of their roster -- just not Lopez or Deron Williams. Lopez was out -- missing his eighth game of the season overall -- due to a re-sprained left ankle, and the Pistons had a field day on the interior as a result, scoring 60 points in the paint.
Drummond had 22 points and 13 rebounds, while Monroe added 22 points and 11 rebounds. The Pistons (11-13) shot 47 percent from the field. The Nets are 0-11 when giving up more than 100 points.
Williams was solid again for the Nets (22 points, 9 assists), but he had little help. Brooklyn looked very much like a team that got into town late and was playing the second half of a back-to-back. The Nets trailed by as many as 21. They played inspired basketball late -- getting within two -- but needed to do so a lot earlier.
Andray Blatche had his first set of back-to-back 20-point games as a Net (105 games), while Mirza Teletovic drained a career-high five 3-pointers. Blatche missed two huge free throws with 1:38 left that would've drawn the Nets within three.
It was 100-96 with 24 seconds left when Brandon Jennings fouled Williams from behind. But the referees missed the call and the ball went off D-Will and out of bounds.
Reggie Evans started in Lopez’s place at center and was ineffective. Paul Pierce came off the bench for the third straight game; Alan Anderson started again at small forward.
The second quarter was a disaster. The Nets were outscored by the Pistons 38-20 in the frame and had six turnovers. They trailed by 17 at the half.
Their three-game, third-quarter winning streak also came to an end at three (25-24).
Kevin Garnett became the 10th player in NBA history to record 14,000 rebounds.
UP NEXT: An off day Saturday followed by practice Sunday