EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J., Oct. 26 (AP) --
Based on the preseason finale, Detroit Pistons rookie coach Rick Carlisle may have to consider giving backup center Mikki Moore
more minutes in the regular season.
Ben Wallace thwarts Kenyon Martin's monster dunk attempt.
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Moore came off the bench in the second half and scored all 19 of his points to lead the Pistons to a 102-91 victory over the New Jersey Nets on Friday night.
"I'm just trying to get the trust, and let my teammates and coaches know that they can call upon me in the regular season," said Moore, who had only scored 22 in the Pistons first seven preseason games.
Jerry Stackhouse, who was held scoreless in his last game, added 31 points for the Pistons (5-3), who will open the regular season at Dallas on Tuesday.
"If he keeps doing that, he's going to be giving us a lift a little bit earlier in the regular season," said Stackhouse of Moore. "It's great when you have guys come off the bench and score, because it pushes the starters."
Kenyon Martin had 18 points and Kerry Kittles added 14 for the Nets (4-4). New Jersey will open at home against Indiana on Tuesday.
Moore, who spent the first half on the bench, had 10 points, five blocks and three rebounds in the third quarter alone to help Detroit wipe out a 10-point halftime deficit and take an 80-74 lead.
"I just figured since I got a little time tonight I'd just try to give it my best shot," said Moore, who has averaged 5.3 points appearing in 112 games in his three-year NBA career.
Trailing 72-69 with 3:24 left in the third quarter, Stackhouse helped tie the game, hitting a free throw after the Nets were called for a technical on a defensive three seconds, and then finding Ben Wallace for a layup.
Before the quarter ended, Stackhouse hit two jumpers and Moore made four free throws to give the Pistons an 80-74 lead.
The Nets got within four points on Jason Kidd's second straight basket with 7:13 to go.
However, the Pistons hit five straight free throws, one by Moore and four by Michael Curry to push the lead to nine. New Jersey, which scored 34 second-half points, never threatened again.
"Obviously that's not the way we wanted to end the preseason, playing as flat as we did in the second half," Nets coach Byron Scott said. "We're still pretty happy overall with the way the guys played."
Scott, however, can't be happy with what happened to rookie forward Brian Scalabrine. Scalabrine will miss up to the first three months of the NBA season after breaking his right foot in the Nets' preseason finale against Detroit on Friday night.
"He was running upcourt and he heard a pop," Nets president Rod Thorn said after the game.
X-rays disclosed a break of the fifth metatarsal, the smallest of the five long bones in the foot that run from the ankle to the toes.
Scalabrine, the former Southern California player who was the 35th player taken in the NBA draft, missed the first five games of the preseason after being diagnosed with a stress reaction in his right foot, a sort of bone bruise. The break was at the same spot as the stress reaction, Thorn said.
Scalabrine, who scored eight points in his preseason debut Thursday night against the New York Knicks, was running upcourt with 8:47 to play in the second quarter when he went down just over half court. He was down on the court for a couple of minutes in obvious pain and then had to be helped off.