– Pistons improve to (20-29) in a much-needed home victory against the seventh seeded Brooklyn Nets Friday night at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Josh Smith (21 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists, 4 blocks) and Andre Drummond (16 points, 22 rebounds) helped push Detroit to a 30 point second half lead to hold off a huge fourth quarter charge by former Sixth Man of the Year, Jason Terry (18 points, 6/9 from deep). Brandon Jennings also helped by chiming in a near quadruple-double (26 points, 10 rebounds, 9 assists, and 8 turnovers), would have been the first quadruple-double to include turnovers since Nets Head Coach Jason Kidd accomplished the feat years ago.
The Pistons had one of their most convincing victories of the year against a team that they had to beat Friday night at The Palace. The Brooklyn Nets (22-26) are now just 3.5 games ahead of Detroit in the win/loss column, as Detroit inches themselves to just 1.5 games behind the eight seeded Charlotte Bobcats (22-28).
Detroit handled the Brooklyn Nets from the get-go, taking a 30-17 lead after one, where Andre Drummond grabbed 7 boards and scored 6 of his 16 in the first 8 minutes of play, setting up for a monster night on the glass for Dre.
The Pistons out shot the Nets 52%-36% from the floor, out rebounded the Nets 57-40, and out shot the Nets from the perimeter. The Pistons connected on 53% of their three-point attempts oppose to the Nets 38% shooting.
Chauncey Billups returned to the court for Detroit, in his first action in nearly a month. Billups played just 9 minutes, scoring 2 points, and dishing out 2 dimes (one nice pass behind the back, falling out-of-bounds to Drummond for the giant slam).
Just two days removed from the Bynum-Cheeks feud, nothing new appears to be on the forefront as Bynum had a “DNP-CD” tonight. It could just be because of the return of Chauncey, or Cheeks making a point. None the less, the Pistons managed to hold on to their 30-point second half lead, as the Nets managed to cut it to single-digits (104-95) with just over a minute to go.
The Pistons get right back to it Saturday night at The Palace, as they continue their 5-game home stand and welcome the run-and-gun Denver Nuggets to town. Denver is coming off a blowout loss to the hands of the New York Knicks in New York, and will travel to the Motor City Friday night leading into Saturday morning.
The Nuggets, (4-6) in their last 10, suffered some terrible news earlier in the week as star Guard Nate Robinson suffered a torn ACL injury. Denver will be without Nate for the rest of the season, along with their sidelined big man JaVale McGee.
Should be some fun, up-tempo action Saturday night, as both these teams love to get out and run in transition. Detroit will look to gain some more ground leading into the All-Star break as they continue this long home stand.
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