AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- Jason Kidd did it all -- including
making his free throws when it mattered most.
Kidd had 24 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds for his
NBA-leading fifth triple-double, and the New Jersey Nets held on
for a 82-79 win over the Detroit Pistons on Friday night.
"I'm not trying to fill up the stat sheet," Kidd said. "I'm
just trying to make the play that presents itself."
Kidd made all six of his free throws in the final 1:13, and
Chauncey Billups missed two 3-pointers in the final seconds.
Kidd shot 7-of-18, including 4-of-5 on 3-pointers. Richard
Jefferson scored 27 for the Atlantic Division-leading Nets, who
have won eight of 10.
"This may have been the best win of the season for us," New
Jersey coach Byron Scott said.
The reeling Pistons have lost seven of nine.
"We get more and more frustrated every day," Ben Wallace said.
Detroit's Richard Hamilton scored 20 and Billups had 15, but the
backcourt duo made just 13 of 34 shots. Wallace grabbed 18 rebounds
and scored 12 points for his 11th double-double with a season-high
Corliss Williamson scored eight of his 14 points in the third
quarter and Detroit harassed the Nets on defense to come back after
trailing by double digits in each of the first three quarters.
Detroit took the lead for the first time with 23.8 seconds left
in the third quarter. The Pistons started the final quarter with a
58-54 lead thanks to a 20-6 run.
After three ties and a slew of lead changes, Kidd gave the Nets
three-point leads with 1:13 and 16.8 seconds left. Wallace's
putback made it 80-79 with 10.7 seconds left, then Kidd made two
more free throws.
"I thought we had pretty good shots in the fourth quarter,"
Detroit coach Larry Brown said. "We just couldn't stop them."
The Nets made 56.3 percent of their shots in the final quarter
while Detroit shot 42.1 percent in the quarter.
Detroit got back into the game after an awful start.
The Pistons had more turnovers (four) than points (two) with
four minutes left in the first quarter after missing 10 of their
first 11 shots. New Jersey led by as many as 13 while holding
Detroit to a season-low 12 points in the first quarter.
New Jersey started the second quarter with a 22-12 lead.
Kidd made both of his 3-point attempts in the first quarter, and
scored eight of his 24 points.
"From the start of the game, you could tell Jason was into this
one," Scott said. "He had his mind to where he was going to do
anything possible to make sure we were going to win this game."
The Pistons trailed just 34-27 at halftime despite shooting 30
percent and not taking one free throw.
New Jersey's Aaron Williams missed his fourth straight game
with a groin injury, and is expected to miss Saturday's game at
Indiana. ... Singer Kid Rock watched from a courtside seat with
actress Jamie Pressly. .... The Nets are 2-20 at The Palace during
the regular season since 1991-92.