Nets Defeat Pistons despite 4th quarter scare

The Brooklyn Nets have defeated the Detroit Pistons 100-95. The Nets improve to 26-12, good for 2nd in the Eastern Conference. On the other hand, the Pistons fall to 10-28, good for 15th in the Eastern Conference.

First Half

Both teams came out very hot from the field. The Pistons shot 3 for 3 from 3 point land early, but later went cold, shooting 0 for 10 from 3 the remainder of the quarter. Kyrie Irving led the Nets with 8 points. Jerami Grant had 9 points for Detroit. At the end of the quarter, the Nets led 26-22.

Grant continued attacking the basket with success for Detroit, too much for the Nets to handle. The Pistons were capitalizing early in the second quarter off the Nets turnovers, with a 8-2 run to take a 30-28 lead. The Nets responded with a run of their own, that being 11-2. Finally, Brooklyn led 51-46 at halftime. For the Nets to keep their lead and finish out the game, they will need to rebound better, as they allowed the Pistons eight offensive rebounds. Additionally, the Nets need to cut down on the turnovers, as they had eight, with James Harden having three of them. Due to the Nets allowing this many offensive rebounds and turning the ball over, the Pistons were able to take 13 more shot attempts than the Pistons, and this is what was able to keep them in the game to this point.

Second Half

Joe Harris’s three pointer and layup in the first 1:46 of the third quarter forced an early timeout by Pistons coach Dwane Casey. The Pistons responded with a 14-3 run to cut their deficit to 3. The Nets then responded with an 8-0 run. The Nets led 78-66 at the end of the third quarter.

The Pistons started the fourth quarter on a 7-0 run. Towards the end of the game, the Pistons gave the Nets a scare, going on a 10-0 run to take a 91-90 lead with 3 minutes remaining. Harden’s clutch scores and the Nets stops in the final 90 seconds is what won Brooklyn the game. Harden had the Nets last 10 points. Overall, the game was a story of runs for both teams. Although Brooklyn struggled as a whole, the Nets were able to get the job done to defeat the woeful Detroit Pistons team.

Upcoming Game for the Nets

Brooklyn will be off tomorrow as they prepare for their third and final game of the homestand. On Monday, the Nets will take on the New York Knicks. The game will start at 8:00 PM EST and of course, will be broadcasted on the YES Network. The game will also be broadcasted on ESPN.

Performances of Note

Brooklyn Nets:

James Harden – 24 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists, 2 steals, 3 blocks, 8-19 FG, 0-6 3PT, 8-8 FT, 38 minutes

Kyrie Irving – 18 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals, 8-18 FG, 0-6 3PT, 36 minutes

Landry Shamet – 15 points, 5-6 FG, 3-3 3PT, 25 minutes

DeAndre Jordan – 14 rebounds, 9 rebounds, 7-8 FG, 29 minutes

Joe Harris – 10 points, 4 rebounds, 4-8 FG, 2-5 3PT, 32 minutes

Detroit Pistons:

Jerami Grant – 22 points, 7-17 FG, 1-5 3PT, 7-8 FT, 36 minutes

Delon Wright – 13 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, 5-10 FG, 2-3 3PT, 31 minutes

Saddiq Bey – 13 points, 5 rebounds, 2 blocks, 4-13 FG, 2-9 3PT, 28 minutes

Mason Plumlee – 11 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists, 5-11 FG, 28 minutes

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