The Brooklyn Nets defeated the Detroit Pistons 120-119 in overtime, a disappointing finish to the month for the Pistons on Halloween.
Detroit went down big in the first quarter before the bench unit led by Bruce Brown, Langston Galloway, Glenn Robinson III, and Zaza Pachulia. The game was close the rest of the way, with Detroit holding a narrow lead for the majority of the second half before one-time Piston Spencer Dinwiddie led a Nets run that sent the game to overtime. Detroit was led by Andre Drummond, who posted his third 20-20 game of the season with 24 points and 23 rebounds, and Blake Griffin, who led the Pistons in crunch time and put up 25 in the loss. The Pistons’ bench was excellent, with four players scoring eight or more points in relief, with Brown, Robinson, and Pachulia all scoring nine.
Reggie Bullock, who continued his frigid shooting, left the game in the second half with an ankle injury. After losing Luke Kennard for possibly a month due to a separated shoulder, losing Bullock for any amount of time would be hugely detrimental for the team down the line.
As the headline implies, it was Spencer Dinwiddie who carried the Nets to victory. The former University of Colorado guard seems to make it his personal mission to give the team who failed to give him a true opportunity nightmares every time he has the chance. Dinwiddie not only sent the game to extras but nailed the game-winner over Drummond, who made the poor defensive decision of giving him space to shoot with the Pistons up two:
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Coming off three straight losses, the 4-3 Pistons will take on the fully-healthy Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday, while the up-and-coming Nets play the injury-riddled Houston Rockets on Friday.
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