Pistons overcome third-quarter sluggishness and maintain victory over Nets
The Detroit Pistons overcame a slow second-half start against the Brooklyn Nets to claim their sixth victory of the season.
Detroit rose to 6-18 with Tuesday night’s 122-111 win over the Nets.
Much of the Pistons’ success came from a strong first quarter, where they scored 38 points, a season-high, in the first quarter. The Pistons were also strong defensively, limiting Kyrie Irving and James Harden to seven and eight points, respectively.
The Nets made a big push in the second quarter, passing the Pistons 28-25 as the Pistons seemed to be running out of steam.
But a reset midway through the third put the Pistons back on track and they finished third with 94 points, the most points the Pistons have accumulated in three quarters this year. Detroit ended the night shooting a record 56% overall.
The Pistons got a big boost from Jerami Grant, who tied his season-high 32 points, took five rebounds. Fifteen of Grant’s points came in the first half and ended the night with four of eight to three. He’s scored two or more three-pointers in 23 straight games, extending the Pistons’ record for back-to-back games with multiple trebles.
Grant is only the 10th player in NBA history to record at least 23 multi-treble games.
Detroit also benefited from the help of Delon Wright who scored 22 points, took four rebounds and distributed nine assists. Wright played aggressively against the Nets and attacked the rim on several occasions, creating his own scoring opportunities.
A few of his other opportunities came from the help of Mason Plumlee, who finished the night with his fifth double-double of the season. Plumlee scored 14 points, knocking down seven boards to go along with his seven assists.
Grant, Wright and Plumlee received offensive support from their teammates. Josh Jackson and Saddiq Bey both ended the night with a double-digit point.
Jackson scored 13 points to go along with his strong defensive performance against Irving and Harden. He had one block and two interceptions and proved to be disruptive, helping the Pistons force 15 turnovers from the Nets.
Bey, who amassed a large chunk of his points in the fourth, went from six to six overall and was perfect from three. Bey has had more than a few frustrating nights offensively, but Tuesday showed no indication of that. He scored 15 points, took three rebounds and, like Jackson, helped the Pistons limit the Nets to 50 percent on overall shots.
Now the Pistons are looking to build on a strong performance from both sides of the ball as they host the Indiana Pacers on Thursday at Little Caesars Arena.