On Monday night, the Brooklyn Nets defeated the Detroit Pistons by a final score of 119-82.
The Skinny: The Nets came out with some purpose in this one and followed the lead of Deron Williams. The ball went into the paint early and the Nets capitalized with Brook Lopez getting Greg Monroe in early foul trouble. Williams was on fire early and hit for 14 points while dishing three assists and getting two steals. Net led 36-23 after one.
The Bench Mob started the second with a flurry to expand the lead behind great play by MarShon Brooks and Andray Blatche. The veteran Jerry Stackhouse dusted off the rust and hit his first three shots playing for the injured Keith Bogans. The bench extended the lead with great defense and some fast break opportunities that put Detroit on its heels for the rest of the half. Nets took a 59-45 lead at halftime behind 59 percent shooting.
After playing a solid first half the Nets came out in the third with the same focus and brought the lead to 20 halfway through the quarter at 67-47. The Nets defense was the difference in this game. The lead grew to 90-59 at the end of three quarters and this game was all but over with a 31-14 quarter by Brooklyn.
The fourth quarter was more of the same as the Bench Mob played the entire quarter and outscored the Pistons 29-23. The game ended 119-82 in favor of the Brooklyn Nets.
High Scorers: The Nets were led by Deron Williams 31 points and five assists while the Pistons were led by Greg Monroe’s 17 points and 7 rebounds.
Key Stats: The Nets shot 59 percent in the first half and held the Pistons to under 40 percent and a horrible 0-10 from 3-point range.
Who Was Hot: Deron Williams started the game on a mission and the Pistons could not handle him. He scored 14 points in the first and got Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez involved along the way.
Who Was Not: The Pistons shot 1-18 from 3-point range and added 15 turnovers to go with their poor shooting.
Fun Fact: Jerry Stackhouse had a coming out party after not playing since Jan 26th and made a 3-pointer and one amazing crazy behind his head layup for six first half points. The bench thoroughly enjoyed the play of the savvy veteran.
John Paolantonio, ContributorThe Nets obviously came into Detroit with a bad taste in their mouths from last night’s loss and their performance from the beginning of the game showed just that.
Deron Williams set the tone for Brooklyn with a brilliant first quarter where he scored 14 points but also got Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez touches to get them into the flow as well. The Nets were able to get the Pistons into early foul trouble and enable them to shoot free throws very early in the game.
The defense was on point all game and it triggered the Nets and Williams to break more than they have all year to get some easy buckets and demoralize the reeling Pistons. The aggressive play in transition is a welcome site to Nets fans everywhere as they are at the bottom on the league in pace.
One thing to make note of was the good play of Mirza Teletovic who went 4-for-4 to score nine points and grabbing six rebounds while playing respectable defense in 22 minutes of play.
The Nets will take this first win on their eight game road trip and head to Dallas to take on the Mavericks on Wednesday night at 8pm.