EAST RUTHERFORD, N. J., Jan 31 (Ticker) -- It seemed like the struggling New Jersey Nets were facing the league's best team at the worst possible time. Jason Kidd turned it into one of their biggest moments of the season.

Kidd had 23 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists and made huge 3-pointer in the final minute as the Nets ended the Detroit Pistons' league season-high 11-game winning streak with a thrilling 91-84 victory.

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After returning from a winless four-game road trip, New Jersey faced the prospect of trying to beat a Detroit team that had lost only five games all season. To make things worse, Kidd was hobbled by leg injuries that limitied his activity in practice Monday.

"Most people thought this was a bad time to play Detroit, but you have to play the way they fall on the schedule," Kidd said. "This was a big character test for us. This could have sent us reeling in the wrong direction."

"He was relentless," New Jersey guard Vince Carter said. "He wanted to win this game. You could see it in his eyes."

New Jersey (23-20) held on for its ninth consecutive home win, surviving a 14-point fourth quarter from Chauncey Billups, who scored 30 points and would not let the Pistons go down without a fight.

"That's Chauncey," Kidd said. "He loves those moments and thrives in those situations."

Billups buried four 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, with the last bringing the Pistons within 85-84 with 1:44 remaining. But Kidd answered with a wide-open 3-pointer 46 seconds later after Billups and Ben Wallace misplayed a pick-and-roll.

"They got crossed up on the pick-and-roll and Kidd made a great shot," Detroit coach Flip Saunders said. "That was demoralizing."

"I don't shy away from it," Kidd said. "We're up one. I had the same shot in Portland (on Friday) and it didn't go in, but tonight it does."

Vince Carter, who struggled offensively, stripped Richard Hamilton at the other end and Kidd sealed the win with a pair of free throws with 36 seconds to go.

"I had to do something," said Carter, who made 7-of-20 shots and committed eight turnovers. "Offensively, it wasn't my night, but I had to keep playing. I just tried to stay in front of the rim and make it tough on him and I was able to get a hand on the ball."

Richard Jefferson and Nenad Krstic collected 19 points apiece and Carter added 17 and eight rebounds for the Nets, who held the Pistons to 37 percent (30-of-82) shooting.

"We were mentally a step slow. We had some defensive breakdowns, we played out of character," Saunders said. "But as bad as we played, we still had a chance to win the game with a minute to go."

Billups made 9-of-14 shots, including all six 3-pointers, and received treament on his left leg after the game.

Hamilton made just 8-of-24 shots for 19 points and Rasheed Wallace was 3-of-14 from the floor, including an abysmal 1-of-11 from long range, where Detroit (37-6) was 8-of-27.

"We just had a tough shooting night," Billups said. "We got all the shots that we wanted, but they just didn't go down. If we really won a game like that shooting as poorly as we did, that would have been one of the more impressive wins this season."