Nets rout Pistons 103-75 to move into No. 6 spot in East

NEW YORK (AP) — Spencer Dinwiddie scored 19 points and the Brooklyn Nets routed the Detroit Pistons 103-75 on Monday night to move into sixth place in the Eastern Conference.

Allen Crabbe finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds, Rodions Kurucs scored 13 points, and Joe Harris and Caris LeVert each added 12 as the Nets took control early in the game and never let up.

The Nets (36-33) won their fourth straight and leapfrogged Detroit (34-32) into the No. 6 spot in their final game before leaving for a seven-game road trip.

Andre Drummond led the Pistons with 13 points and 20 rebounds. Blake Griffin finished with 10 points, but only shot 1 of 10 from the field as Detroit was held to its lowest point total of the season. The Pistons had their five-game winning streak snapped.

Brooklyn trailed 5-4, then went on a 14-4 run and never trailed again. Kurucs started the streak with consecutive buckets and Crabbe scored eight of the next 10 as Brooklyn took early control.

The Nets led 27-19 after the first quarter and 61-35 at halftime.

The Pistons scored the first five points of the second half and eventually pulled within 63-45 but never got any closer.

The Nets increased their lead to 29 points before Langston Galloway’s deep buzzer-beating 3-pointer ended the third quarter with the Pistons trailing 88-62.

Detroit only managed to get as close as 21 points in the fourth quarter and the Nets took their largest lead at 100-69.


Pistons: Reggie Jackson is the only Piston to play and start in each of the team’s 66 games. . Detroit hasn’t won more than five consecutive games since taking seven straight during the 2014-15 season. (Dec. 26-Jan. 7).

Nets: No one has played in all 69 games for Brooklyn this season. D’Angelo Russell and Ed Davis have played in 68. . The Nets trail the all-time series against the Pistons 107-71, but are 48-43 at home, including 9-4 at the Barclays Center.


The Pistons shot only 34.8 percent (8 of 23) from the field in the first quarter, going 0 for 6 from 3-point range. Their 19 points in the opening period marked the first time they failed to score at least 20 since only managing 17 against Oklahoma City on Dec. 3. Their 35 first-half points were their lowest since totaling a season-worst 34 against Washington on Jan. 21. They shot a miserable 27.8 percent from the field (27 of 97).


The Nets are about to embark on their longest road trip of the season. They are set to play their next seven games away from Barclays Center. Their longest road trip of the season thus far has been four games. “I could do the Joe Maddon thing. I thought about that,” said Nets coach Kenny Atkinson. “Dress everybody up in costumes and maybe sing their alma mater. Something funny.”


Drummond’s 19th straight double-double on Monday tied him with Bob Lanier (1974-75) for the longest streak in Pistons’ team history. He currently leads the NBA with 55 double-doubles and was last week’s Eastern Conference player of the week.


Pistons: Visit Miami on Wednesday.

Nets: Visit Oklahoma City on Wednesday.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.