Without Brook Lopez, the Detroit Pistons dominated them in the paint and a poor second quarter doomed the Brooklyn Nets during a 103-99 loss on the road that snapped their three-game winning streak on Friday.
Deron Williams played a solid game as he led the Nets with 22 points and nine assists, but he didn’t get enough help without Lopez in the game as they were outscored 60-38 in the paint, 21-8 on second chance points and were out-rebounded 43-38. Only one other Nets starter finished in double-digit scoring, Joe Johnson with 12 points, although Andray Blatche pitched in with 20 from off the bench.
Reggie Evans, who started in place of Lopez, was bad as he was limited to three points, two rebounds and three turnovers in 10 minutes. Mirza Teletovic came off the bench with 17 points in 23 minutes including a strong 5-of-6 from behind the arc.
This game was really decided in the second quarter when the Nets were outscored 38-20. The starters had just one field goal that quarter despite playing a combined 30 minutes. Blatche had 10 points and Paul Pierce shot 3-of-4, but the team didn’t play sufficient defense as the Pistons shot 57.1 percent and got 16 points from Andre Drummond and 14 from Rodney Stuckey in that quarter alone.
Because the second quarter was so bad, the Nets couldn’t complete a comeback despite the fact that they outscored the Pistons 31-17 in the fourth quarter. They went with an effective D-Will, Blatche, Pierce and Teletovic lineup, with Johnson and Alan Anderson splitting time, but the refs missed a key foul call against the Pistons late and they ran out of time.