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Pistons come out on top against shorthanded Nets

Andre Drummond of the Detroit Pistons.
Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images

On Friday night, the Detroit Pistons returned to their home court at the Palace of Auburn Hills and beat the Brooklyn Nets 111-95. After a tough 14-point road lost to the Orlando Magic on Wednesday, the Pistons bounced back with a dominating performance that is sure to keep the team’s momentum going as they continue to play at home for the next four games. The Pistons are now 3-0 against Brooklyn this season and have managed to hold the Nets to under 100 points in each matchup.

The Pistons knew they needed a win and they went out and executed. They smelled blood. The Nets were coming into the Palace at a disadvantage. Veteran power forward Kevin Garnett, a crucial piece of Brooklyn’s team, was given the day to rest. The Nets were also without All-Star center Brook Lopez. Detroit dominated early by attacking the basket and managed to keep their inside presence strong throughout the whole game. The Pistons outscored the Nets 52-38 in the paint.

Aside from turnovers, the Pistons were impressive. By the end of the first half, Detroit had already put 67 points up on the board and enjoyed a 23-point lead. During the third quarter, the Pistons enjoyed their biggest lead of the game by being up 29 points.

All five of Detroit’s starters finished the game in double figures. Josh Smith scored 23 points to go along with 8 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 blocks. Greg Monroe had 12 points to go along with 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals. Andre Drummond posted a double-double with 16 points and 22 rebounds. Kyle Singler, who started his second game for the Pistons on Friday because of head coach Maurice Cheeks’ decision to change the starting line-up, had 16 points, 5 rebounds, 3 steals and 2 blocks. Brandon Jennings, who was the game’s leading scorer, came up one assist short of having a triple-double. He finished with 26 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists.

The Pistons host the Denver Nuggets tonight (Feb. 8) at the Palace. Denver will be looking to bounce back from Friday night’s 27-point blowout loss to the New York Knicks. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. EST.