EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey, Dec. 21 (Ticker) --
After playing two
overtime games in three nights, the Detroit Pistons had trouble
handling the high-energy New Jersey Nets.
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had 27 points and 12 assists and Richard Jefferson
scored 19 points as the Nets extended their home winning streak
to nine games with a 100-92 victory over the Pistons.
Detroit had a league-best 6-1 record in the second half of
back-to-back games but trailed the entire second half against
the Nets as the fatigue of consecutive overtime contests began
"We have enough depth. These guys work hard enough that fatigue
should not be a factor for us," Detroit coach Rick Carlisle
said. "I'm not going to make excuses about the loss. I think
the Nets played better and that is why they won the game."
"If you're looking for an excuse, that's a good one," Pistons
center Ben Wallace
said. "Playing back-to-back games, it's very
important that you control the tempo. We knew we didn't want
to get them into an up-and-down game, and that's exactly what we
The Nets are one of the best running teams in the league and
outscored the Pistons 21-9 in fast-break points.
New Jersey improved to 14-1 at Continental Airlines Arena and
snapped a five-game home losing streak against Detroit, which
had not lost at the Meadowlands since January 20, 2000.
"We're very comfortable at home and you can see that tonight,"
Kidd said. "It's kind of a carryover from last season. We want
to try to protect home-court as much as we can."
scored 16 points, reserve Rodney Rogers
and Kenyon Martin
12 for the Nets, who shot 52 percent
(37-of-71) from the floor.
Detroit trailed by as many as 15 points in the third quarter but
used a 9-0 run to pull within 73-68 with 85 seconds remaining.
Kidd answered with a 3-pointer, assisted on a layup by Harris
and threw an alley-oop pass to Jefferson that gave New Jersey an
80-68 cushion entering the final period.
"We hung in and made some runs, but the Nets answered it every
time," Carlisle said. "They made plays and shot a great
percentage. The Nets earned the win."
Kidd had nine points in the final period as the Nets cruised to
their seventh win in nine games. New Jersey had its largest
lead at 89-73 on a 3-pointer by Rogers with just under seven
scored 19 points and Wallace collected 11, 14
rebounds and four steals for Detroit, which had a season-high
six-game winning streak snapped.
had 13 points and leading-scorer Richard
was held to 13 for the Pistons, who shot 49 percent
(33-of-67) but could not overcome 23 turnovers that led to 30
points for the Nets.
"I thought our pressure was forcing them into turnovers, and it
was the key to getting up and down the floor and getting some
easy baskets," New Jersey coach Byron Scott said. "Tonight the
thing we talked about was to make sure our level of intensity
was just as high as theirs."
Robinson scored six points in the opening six minutes as Detroit
jumped out to 15-8 lead. But New Jersey responded with nine
consecutive points led by Harris, who had a fast-break layup and
a 3-pointer during the spurt.
The Pistons took a 29-26 lead on a 3-pointer by Chucky Atkins
1:56 into the second quarter. But Atkins committed a turnover
on Detroit's next possession and Anthony Johnson
wound up with a
fast-break dunk, sparking an 8-0 run by New Jersey.
Kidd followed with a layup to give the Nets the lead for good at
30-29. He added two free throws and a layup before Jefferson
made a 22-foot jumper to end the burst and give New Jersey a
Kidd scored 11 points in the second quarter and the Nets had a
53-44 halftime lead.