Notebook: Nets 103, Pistons 99

Posted Apr 17, 2013 11:21 PM

Jake Appleman, for

THE FACTS: The Nets' starters played like they were already in postseason form, leading the Nets to a 103-99 victory over the Pistons at Barclays Center. Brook Lopez scored 20 points and snatched nine rebounds. Gerald Wallace, who led the Nets with 26 minutes played, looked reinvigorated and picked up four steals. The Pistons finished the 2013 season with five players scoring in double figures, led by 23 from Will Bynum. The loss prevented the Pistons from finishing the season on a five-game winning streak.

The Nets will open up their postseason at home against the Bulls on Saturday.

QUOTABLE: "It's going to be fun; they're a physical team, a very aggressive team. We'll have to try to outrebound them and match their intensity, but I think we've got the right group of guys, the right passion, the right drive."
-- Lopez

THE STAT: The Nets racked up 13 steals, accounting for more than half of the Pistons' 24 turnovers.

TURNING POINT: The Nets seized control of the game by ending the first quarter on a 16-2 run, which began with a Lopez layup.

QUOTABLE II: "Just played hard. [It's] my character. How I am. Play every minute."
- Bynum

INSIDE THE ARENA: Tyshawn Taylor addressed the crowd before the game and encouraged Nets fans to wear black throughout the postseason. ... Actor Danny Aiello attended the game.

ROOKIE WATCH: Andre Drummond (13 points, 3 rebounds) and Kyle Singler (4 points, 4 rebounds) finished productive rookie seasons.

NOTABLE: The Nets won four consecutive regular season games against the Pistons for the first time since 1984. ... The Nets finished the season with a 31-5 record against teams below .500 at the time of the game.