In an action packed weekend, both the Brooklyn Nets (23-26) and the New York Knicks (20-31) escaped with an 1-1 record. Brooklyn still has a hold of the 7th spot in the race for the playoffs, while the Knicks are still on the outside-looking-in; trailing the Charlotte Bobcats by two games.
To begin the weekend, the Nets traveled to Motown on Friday night to take on the struggling Detroit Pistons (21-29). With the way the Nets have been playing as of late, a victory was to be expected. That wasn’t the case, and the Pistons ran the Nets out of Motown with a 111-95 victory.
Brooklyn found themselves down by 13 at the end of the first, and that lead increased to 23 (67-44) by halftime. Brooklyn’s 23-point deficit at halftime is tied for their largest deficit on the road this season, and the largest against an Eastern Conference opponent. For the half, Detroit shot an astonishing 62% from the field, while Brooklyn could only manage to shoot 31%.
In the 3rd quarter, it continued to get worse for the Nets -- the Pistons held their largest lead of 29 points. Coach Jason Kidd sat the whole starting lineup for the fourth quarter, and the reserves were able to make a game out of it towards the end.
A pair of Jason Terry 3-pointers and three Mason Plumlee dunks helped the Nets to cut the Pistons lead to 102-92 with 1:57 remaining. Rodney Stuckey responded with a midrange jumper and a pair of free throws afterwards to end the Nets’ comeback.
Nets’ starters struggled the whole game, and finished with a combined 42 points. This game marked the 5th time the Nets have trailed by 20 or more points at the half. Only the Cleveland Cavaliers have more games -- 6 games.
Key Stats: Jason Terry led the Nets with 18 points off the bench. Joe Johnson scored 16 points. Deron Williams had 10 points. Mason Plumlee had 13 points and 8 rebounds off the bench. Reggie Evans had 11 points and 9 rebounds off the bench.
Pistons had all five starters in double-figures. Brandon Jennings almost had a quadruple-double with 26 points, 10 rebounds, 9 assists, and 8 turnovers. Josh Smith had 23 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists, and 4 blocks. Andre Drummond had a double-double with 16 points and 22 rebounds. Kyle Singler had 16 points and 5 rebounds. Greg Monroe had 12 points and 7 rebounds. Rodney Stuckey scored 14 points off the bench.
Key Notes: Josh Harrellson is out with a slight tear of his left meniscus. Will Bynum didn’t play due to an altercation with Coach Maurice Cheeks during Detroit’s last game. Kevin Garnett didn’t play due to rest. The last player to get a quadruple-double was current Nets’ coach Jason Kidd -- in 2000 for the Phoenix Suns.
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