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Nets Survive Pistons 110-105

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Nets Survive Pistons 110-105

A late 12-2 run and frantic finish could not save the Pistons as they fell 110-105 to the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday. The loss serves as the Pistons’ fourth in a row heading into a five day holiday break.

In a familiar scene, the Pistons found themselves trailing by 12 with barely over four minutes remaining before aggressively finding themselves on the comeback trail. A slew of assorted three-pointers and jumpshots from Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Brandon Jennings, and Jodie Meeks helped cut the Nets lead to 2 with 18 seconds remaining.

However, a quick-triggered three-point airball from Jodie Meeks closed the door on the Pistons last minute rally. The Nets snap a three-game losing streak in the process.

The Pistons were led by Andre Drummond’s 18 points and 20 rebounds. Drummond’s gaudy rebounding numbers included 13 rebounds on the offensive end.

Mason Plumlee paced the Nets with 21 points and 12 rebounds.

Key Notes & Observations

  • Leading by three with 5 seconds remaining, the Nets employed an intentional foul strategy, forcing Josh Smith to shoot two free throws instead of allowing the Pistons an opportunity to work for a game-tying triple. The plan worked, Smith missed both free throws.
  • Before Jodie Meeks’ late three-point miss, he had hit 6-8 shots overall, finishing with 13 points. However, he was 0-3 from the three-point line.
  • Jonas Jerebko earned early minutes off the bench and responded with 10 and 4 rebounds.

Next Game: Friday, Dec. 26; Indiana Pacers (8-19) @ Detroit Pistons (5-23); 7:30 p.m., FSD

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