So their 101-100 loss - their fifth straight - was especially galling in that it was dealt them by a familiar face, Spencer Dinwiddie. LeVert split his free throws to put the Nets ahead and set up Drummond's layup followed by Dinwiddie's jumper. I started my career off here. "A big luxury. I think it'll help with our consistency".
This was Detroit's first lead since the opening quarter. That's a testament to just how effective Brooklyn was in slowing down the Pistons' star.
On Jan. 10, the Pistons routed Brooklyn 114-80 behind 22 points and 20 rebounds from Drummond.
What allowed Detroit to have the opportunities to score against the Nets was the team's turnovers. There was one possession in the second quarter where four Nets players surrounded him to stop him from making a hook shot. We got to the second side, a bump.
"The game gets easy for him when he gets easy looks or when people are putting on a body on him".
"We've got to get to the rim", Harris said.
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"That was a heck of a shot", Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said.
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson added 21 points, eight rebounds and seven assists for the Nets. This is a tough team, a tough matchup. The Pistons would keep the deficit to single digits for much of the fourth quarter. He was the catalyst for the Nets (18-29), with five straight points in the final three minutes. After being stuck in a three-game shooting slump, Dinwiddie appears to be back to his best. This win against the Pistons will most likely give the Nets the confidence they need to continue rebuilding throughout the year.
Detroit's defense began to clamp down on Brooklyn's perimeter shooters. However, he was a bit more revealing in his pregame presser on Monday. "We liked Spencer a lot, we had a good relationship with his agent, they asked us to make that trade and we did".
"He had to fight his ways back as a G League guy..." "It's just being focused". Dinwiddie made his way to the paint, got the up-and-under to go down through traffic with 0.9 left on the clock.
"Yeah. And I think incrementally it'll go up". A lot of lasting relationships. "I'm happy for Spencer, because he was here, obviously, but I'm happier for the team".
Hollis-Jefferson is the Swiss Army Knife of the Nets - he can do a little of everything.
Dinwiddie spent his first two seasons in Detroit but was used sparingly, averaging 13.3 minutes over 46 games played. A 30-point first quarter was a sign of Brooklyn's offensive efficiency, shooting 13-31 from three overall and recording 40 points in the paint. "And I thought Luke had a good game offensively".