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Detroit at Brooklyn

Nets use 3-point attack to beat Pistons, extend streak

CBSSports.com wire reports
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NEW YORK -- Lately, it seems as though the Brooklyn Nets just can't get enough home cooking.

"You feel comfortable when you have dinner at your house, rather than when you go to someone else's house and don't know what they're going to cook," Nets forward Paul Pierce said.

Shaun Livingston scored 23 points, Mirza Teletovic made six 3-pointers and added 20 off the bench, and the Nets beat the Detroit Pistons 116-104 on Friday night for their 15th straight victory at Barclays Center.

The Nets went 15 for 31 from behind the arc.

Brooklyn used a 35-9 run that began late in the first quarter, and lasted halfway through the second, to build a strong working margin. The Nets led by as many as 22, and were never truly threatened, although the Pistons did cut the lead to single digits on several occasions.

Pierce added 17 for Brooklyn, which had six players reach double figures in scoring.

The Nets topped the 110-point mark for the eighth time this season. Coach Jason Kidd credited his team's ball movement as a primary reason for Brooklyn's strong offensive output.

"The one thing that leads to 3s is everyone being unselfish," Kidd said. It doesn't matter if it's (Andray) Blatche, if it's (Deron Williams), if it's Joe (Johnson) - guys are posting up, and they're finding their teammates. When you're unselfish like that, you get the looks that we're getting from behind the 3."

Brooklyn remained 2 games behind the Chicago Bulls and Toronto Raptors, who both won, in the race for the No. 3 seed in the East.

They could potentially get a lift from Kevin Garnett, who, according to Kidd, may return to action Saturday night in Philadelphia after sitting out the last 19 games due to back spasms.

"We'll see," Kidd said, about the prospect of the 37-year-old center returning to the lineup. "We would like to try to get him to go tomorrow, but it's up to him."

Livingston, for one, can't wait to see his teammate back on the floor.

"It means everything to this team," Livingston said. "He's our leader."

On the other side, the Pistons just couldn't seem to do anything about the easy looks that the Nets were getting. Their lax perimeter defense, particularly in the game-defining second quarter, ultimately proved to be their undoing.

Pistons guard Rodney Stuckey offered very basic analysis of his team's loss.

"They made 3s. They were on fire. That was it," he said.

The Nets shot a season-high 60.5 percent from the field.

"They shot 60 percent," Pistons interim coach John Loyer said. "You're not going to win an NBA game when (your opponent) shoots 60 percent."

The Pistons were unable to take advantage of their massive rebounding edge. They pulled down 46 rebounds to Brooklyn's 26, and 19 offensive boards to Brooklyn's two. Loyer felt that despite the edge, the Nets did what they needed to do inside, as they kept Pistons forward Greg Monroe in check. Monroe, who averages over 15 points a game, could manage only six.

"Brooklyn came and got the ball out of Greg Monroe's hand," Loyer said. "They were going to try to get it out of his hands and make someone else beat (them). I thought what it did was force us to shoot 21 3s in the first half. That's not us. We're last in the league in 3-point shooting."

The Nets have seven games remaining to try to close the gap on Chicago and Toronto. They remain hopeful that they can catch at least one, if not both clubs, thanks to the fact that only one of their final seven opponents has a record above .500.

Notes

The game was the first of a back-to-back for Brooklyn, its 18th of the season. The Nets are 13-5 in back-to-back openers. They head to Philadelphia on Saturday night. ... The Pistons had won three straight against Brooklyn dating to last season. ... The Nets are now 32-7 when scoring more than 100 points.

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Power forward Mirza Teletovic makes six 3-pointers for Brooklyn, scoring 20 points against the Pistons. (USATSI)
Power forward Mirza Teletovic makes six 3-pointers for Brooklyn, scoring 20 points against the Pistons. (USATSI)

Scoreboard
Detroit (27-49)22232435104
Brooklyn (41-34) «22353425116
DET:A. Drummond 23 Pts
DET:A. Drummond 18 Reb
DET:B. Jennings 5 Ast
BKN:S. Livingston 23 Pts
BKN:J. Collins 5 Reb
BKN:D. Williams 10 Ast
Players of the Game
DetroitBrooklyn

Andre Drummond

Shaun Livingston
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
231822346
Detroit
A. Drummond, C4210-143-7182323
K. Singler, SF395-94-411116
J. Smith, SF307-130-043117
B. Jennings, PG273-111-25529
G. Monroe, PF253-110-29226
R. Stuckey, PG255-132-223113
J. Jerebko, SF246-93-454216
P. Siva, PG211-50-01312
K. Caldwell-Pope, SG71-30-01012
C. Billups, PGDid Not Play
C. Villanueva, PFDid Not Play
W. Bynum, PGDid Not Play
J. Harrellson, PFDid Not Play
T. Mitchell, PFDid Not Play
L. Datome, SFDid Not Play
Totals 41-8813-21462314104
 46.6%61.9% 
Brooklyn
S. Livingston, PG3211-141-246223
D. Williams, PG273-101-101028
P. Pierce, SF256-92-230417
J. Johnson, SG254-70-042010
M. Plumlee, PF121-11-20033
M. Thornton, SG266-120-023115
M. Teletovic, PF237-110-010220
A. Kirilenko, SF190-10-03400
A. Blatche, C195-74-432114
J. Collins, C173-30-05036
A. Anderson, SF90-00-01010
J. Gutierrez, PG50-10-00100
K. Garnett, PFDid Not Play
B. Lopez, CDid Not Play
M. Teague, PGDid Not Play
Totals 46-769-11262819116
 60.5%81.8% 
Other Games
Ind 94 Final
Tor 102
Den 92 Final
Mem 100
Orl 80 Final
Char 91
Cle 98 Final
Atl 117
Phi 111 Final
Bos 102
Min 122 Final
Mia 121
Wash 90 Final
NY 89
Mil 90 Final
Chi 102
NO 96 Final
Utah 100
OKC 107 Final
Hou 111
Pho 109 Final
Port 93
Sac 69 Final
GS 102
Dal 107 Final
LAL 95