The Pistons defeated the Brooklyn Nets in a close game by the score of 115 to 107. The Pistons get back above .500 at 27-26 (and re-enter the playoff field in the Eastern Conference) while the Nets fall to 19-37.
The Pistons were led by their star frontcourt as Andre Drummond collected an NBA season-high 27 rebounds to go along with 17 points. Blake Griffin was quiet much of the game but came alive late to finish with 25 points and 7 assists.
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The Nets hoisted an almost comical 51 three-pointers and Allen Crabbe continued his habit of being a thorn in the side of the Pistons as he finished with 34 points on just 22 shots. Spencer Dinwiddie also did a great job of slicing up the aggressive Piston defense on his way to 11 assists.
The Nets were on the second night of a back to back as well as their third game in four nights. As such they really competed hard and deserve serious credit for their effort. They continually battled back whenever the Pistons would pull away but just ran out of gas at the end.
The Pistons got a great contribution from the surging Stanley Johnson who put in 19 points to help out the two stars, and Langston Galloway gave 18 great minutes off the bench to finish with a team-high +11 on the night. Stan Van Gundy only used an eight-man rotation again, which is perhaps a bit of a worry.
In the end, it was not a pretty win for the Pistons, the Nets were the first team to really go all in on ignoring the non-shooters (aka non-Reggie-Bullock) in the starting lineup and it clogged the offense badly at times. The Pistons played some sloppy defense as well but capitalized on 20 Brooklyn turnovers. The Nets also simply had no answer for Griffin down the stretch as he closed out yet another win.
The Pistons are now 5-0 since the trade and 4-0 with Griffin playing. The schedule has been (and will continue to be for a bit) kind but it is great to see the team jelling so well. Things could not have turned around much more starkly than they have following the trade.
The Nets are off until Saturday when they will play against the Pelicans and the Pistons will have one day off before hosting the Clippers on Friday for a nationally televised game.
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