BROOKLYN, New York– The Detroit Pistons matched up on Wednesday night with the Brooklyn Nets in game number 82 on the season. Detroit was looking to win a season high 5th straight game and avoid a season sweep of the Nets. Neither goals happened.
The Pistons started off right as Brandon Knight and Rodney Stuckey, again starting for an injured Jose Calderon, got in the paint for buckets and a 4-0 lead. After Brooklyn tied it at 4, Greg Monroe found a cutting Kyle Singler for a layup and he had a jump shot.
After Stuckey found Andre Drummond for an alley-oop slam and Drummond made two free throws for a 16-13 lead, it was all Nets. They ended the quarter on an 11-0 run behind All-Star center Brook Lopez and former All-Star guard Deron Williams. The Nets led 29-18 after one.
Andray Blatche had a dunk to start the 2nd quarter for the Nets as their onslaught continued. Kris Humphries had a hook shot over Charlie Villanueva, Keith Bogans had a layup, and C.J. Watson had a layup for a 46-28 lead.
Will Bynum, as he has all season, tried desperately to keep the Pistons in the game. He scored six straight points to get Detroit within 46-34, but Humphries had a dunk and MarShon Brooks had a floater for a 50-34 lead.
The Pistons got to within seven behind buckets from Kim English, Drummond, Bynum, and Knight but Mirza Teletovic made a 3 to put the Nets back up 12 and they led 60-48 at halftime.
Things didn’t get much better in the 3rd as Joe Johnson made a 3, followed by Lopez free throws, and a Gerald Wallace freebie for a 75-54 Nets lead. Monroe found Drummond for an alley-oop slam And-1 to bring Detroit within 77-62 trying to build any momentum, but the Nets were up 81-62 and led by 17 after three.
The Pistons provided a little excitement late. With the Pistons trailing 103-90, Slava Kravtsov had a put back, English had a jumper, Khris Middleton made four free throws, then Kravtsov had a monstrous put back dunk, and English had a free throw to bring Detroit within 103-99 with 53.4 showing on the clock.
The Nets then had an 8-second violation, but Middleton was blocked by Teletovic. Brooks missed on the other end and the Pistons had a 3-on-1 break down only four by 15 seconds left. Knight would pull up for 3 instead of throwing it down to a wide open Kravtsov or Middleton down low for an easy 2. Knight missed and the Pistons rally came up short as they fell 103-99.
The 2012-13 season was definitely a disappointment. The team had playoff expectations and things just didn’t materialized. The team had its moments, like wins over the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs, but unfortunately the Pistons couldn’t sustain any momentum or consistency.
Owner Tom Gores hasn’t committed to either Joe Dumars or Lawrence Frank. Gores has also said that the Pistons are ready to spend. This is one of the biggest off seasons in Pistons history, starting with the June draft. Stay tuned Pistons fans. This will be an interesting off season.