Friday, April 4, 2014
Rapid Reaction: Nets 116, Pistons 104
By Mike Mazzeo
NEW YORK -- The Brooklyn Nets finally solved the Detroit Pistons.
The Nets, who came in 0-3 against the Pistons, scored a 116-104 victory over floundering Detroit on Friday night at Barclays Center.
Brooklyn hit 15 3-pointers and won its 15th straight game at home.
What it means: The Nets (41-34) keep pace in the Eastern Conference playoff standings. The Toronto Raptors beat the Indiana Pacers, so Brooklyn remains 2½ games back in the Atlantic Division.
The Nets are 22-2 in their past 24 in Brooklyn. They were outrebounded 46-26 and outscored in the paint 52-48, but they shot 60.5 percent from the field and won the bench-scoring battle 55-33. They have scored 100 or more points in their past 10 home games.
Tele dials it up: Mirza Teletovic, who came in averaging 10.5 points in April, had 20 points on Friday night. He went 6-for-10 from 3-point range. Teletovic is the only player in the NBA this season to make six or more 3s off the bench three times.
The Nets hit their first seven 3-pointers of the second quarter to open up a 51-31 lead.
Always a steal: Deron Williams, who finished with eight points and 10 assists, has a steal in 25 straight games -- one shy of the franchise record.
Living it up: Shaun Livingston shot 11-for-14 from the field and finished with 23 points, six assists and four rebounds. Andray Blatche, Paul Pierce and Marcus Thornton also scored in double figures.
Return of AK-47: Andrei Kirilenko returned to the lineup following a six-game absence due to a sprained left ankle. Kevin Garnett missed his 19th straight game due to back spasms.
Up next: The Nets travel to Philadelphia to face the 76ers on Saturday night.