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Nets Struggle Late; Fall to Pistons

(AP Photo)

(AP Photo)


(BROOKLYN) — All-Star reserve Andre Drummond had 21 points and 18 rebounds, as the Detroit Pistons topped the Brooklyn Nets 105-100 on Monday night.

For the Nets, this was another game in which they had a chance to win, but the Pistons made all the right plays late in the fourth quarter to earn the victory. Brook Lopez led the Nets in defeat with 27 points.

The Nets held a three-point lead before Reggie Jackson (19 points) hit a game tying 3-pointer with 2:05 remaining. Drummond delivered a thunderous dunk to give the Pistons the lead for good with 1:30 to play. Jackson hit a couple of more clutch baskets to help his team avoid a third straight defeat.

The Brooklyn bench continues to play well for interim head coach Tony Brown. Shane Larkin finished with eight points, six rebounds and a career-high 14 assists. The 14 dimes are the most by a reserve in the NBA this season. Andrea Bargnani chipped in 18 points off the bench.

As well as Lopez and Thaddeus Young have played this season; these losses have to be maddening to the Nets. They were blown out Friday night in Dallas, but suffered a heartbreaking, last-second defeat to the New Orleans Pelicans one day later. Monday night’s loss to the Pistons featured 21 lead changes and 12 ties. The Nets led 63-58 in the third quarter, but Detroit responded with a 17-2 run of its own to take a 75-65 lead.

The Nets (12-37) will try and snap their four-game losing streak when they host Paul George and the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night.

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Jason Goldstein is a co host of the Baseline Jumper NBA podcast, recording every Tuesday night along Ben McDonald. Jason has also spent time as the Basketball Editor at while also handling the Brooklyn Nets Lead Writer duties since October 2015.
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