The Brooklyn Nets bounced back after one of their worst games of the season, winning 116-104 over the Detroit Pistons. It was the Nets’ 15th consecutive win in Brooklyn, another franchise record. After a slow first quarter, the Nets’ offense was great in the last 3 quarters to lead to the easy win. Shaun Livingston led Brooklyn with 23 points while Mirza Teletovic had 20 off the bench. Andre Drummond had 23 points and 18 rebounds for Detroit.
This was a very “Nets” win. Let me explain that further. They didn’t rebound well at all, but their defense was very good, forcing the Pistons to launch 27 3-point attempts, which is not what they want to do. Offensively, the Nets were great. They were 61% from the field and 48% from 3 with only 10 turnovers. On the glass, the Nets got killed 46-26, but it did not matter at all.
Player grades and notes:
Paul Pierce: B+
Pierce was in foul trouble again in this game, but when he was in the game, he was pretty good, scoring 17 points, including three 3′s. He defended Greg Monroe very well, who was held to just 6 points.
Shaun Livingston: A+
Livingston had maybe the most efficient game of his career in this game. He was 11-14 from the field for 23 points, to go along with 6 assists and 4 rebounds. He posted up smaller Pistons guards whenever he wanted to allow him easy jump shots in the paint. His shots sure were falling tonight.
Deron Williams: B+
Deron Williams had one of his better assist games of the year, finishing with 10 of them in only 27 minutes. He didn’t shoot the ball well, and only had 8 points, but many of the passes were to wide open 3-point shooters. His defense was also very good on Brandon Jennings.
Mirza Teletovic: A
Teletovic was on fire tonight, especially in the first half. He finished with 20 points and shot 6-10 from 3. He didn’t do much else, but if he can shoot like that in the playoffs, he will be very valuable.
Andray Blatche: A-
Blatche had one of his better games tonight and the Nets needed it against a big Detroit front line. He was 5-7 from the field for 14 points, including some very nice “Blatche-y” plays where he schooled a defender. His rebounding was pretty bad and he allowed so many offensive rebounds, but we will let that slide because the Nets won easily.
The Nets will hit the road tomorrow night for a very winnable game in Philadelphia. FRWD will have full coverage of the game.
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