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Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Nets 93, Pistons 90

By Mike Mazzeo

WHAT IT MEANS: Once again, the Brooklyn Nets failed to execute down the stretch.

But this time, it didn’t matter, because they were playing the Detroit Pistons -- not the Los Angeles Lakers.

Despite playing poorly, the Nets snapped a 10-game losing streak in Detroit with a 93-90 victory over the Pistons on Wednesday night at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

The Nets (29-20) improved to 18-1 against sub-.500 teams, 15-6 under interim coach P.J. Carlesimo. Brooklyn shot just 41.5 percent and was outscored 17-2 on the fast break.

BROOK-LYN: Brook Lopez contributed 17 points (11 in the second half), 9 rebounds and 2 blocks. His layup with 17 seconds snapped a 3 1/2-minute field-goal drought left gave the Nets a 91-88 lead. On Tuesday night, he had 30 points, 11 rebounds and 3 blocks.

BROOKLYN’S BACKCOURT: Deron Williams and Joe Johnson struggled for a second straight night, combing for 28 points on 9-for-25 shooting. Williams has 20 turnovers in his past four games. Johnson is 9-for-29 from the field over his past two games.

SLOPPY HOOPS: The Nets shot 35.6 percent and had nine turnovers in the first half, but trailed just 46-40. At one point, they faced a 13-point deficit, but closed the half on a 7-0 run. Their Big 3 combined or just seven field goals and 15 points.

SECOND IS THE WORST: The Nets have been outscored 28-17, 31-16 and 22-17 in their past three second quarters.

AIR-BALL! Mirza Teletovic, in front of an eight-man Bosnian cheering contingent, hoisted three air-balls in the fourth quarter and was promptly removed from the game.

D-WILL 5K: In the first quarter, Williams became the 56th player in NBA history to record 5,000 assists

UP NEXT: Nets at Wizards on Friday night