The Brooklyn Nets were not supposed to win too many games this season. The team is actually about to break even and move up the NBA standings. On Wednesday, the Nets defeated the Detroit Pistons by a score of 109-101, as reported by ESPN.
Detroit Pistons starters
Offensively, the starting tandem of forwards Tobias Harris and Marcus Morris was supposed to spread the floor and provide support while All-Star center Andre Drummond does the damage inside. Against the Brooklyn Nets, Harris and Morris decided to flip the script. They ended up combining for 46 points, eight rebounds, and four steals. The duo also combined to hit five shots from beyond the three point line and got to the free throw line a dozen times.
Andre Drummond only had six points, but he contributed with six rebounds, four assists, and two blocks. The 6-foot-11 center only shot 33 percent from the field.
Kentavious Caldwell Pope did not have a good shooting night, but he still managed to add 15 points. He also pulled down seven rebounds and had three steals.
Ish Smith struggled to shoot, but he quietly had a solid night with nine points and seven assists.
Detroit Pistons bench
Beno Udrih and Jon Leuer provided some offense off the bench with a combined 21 points. Leuer combined with Aron Baynes to produce 11 rebounds and four blocks.
Stanley Johnson had a bad shooting night, missing all four attempts. Three of those were from the outside.
Brooklyn Nets starters
Brook Lopez has been a bit inconsistent this season. Against the Detroit Pistons, he looked like a superstar. Lopez had 34 points and 11 rebounds. He also hit four of the eight shots that he attempted from beyond the three point line. That is considered a bit of a shock since Lopez has shot a mere 17 percent throughout his career from the outside.
Jeremy Lin only played 16 minutes before a hamstring injury took him out of the game. He still managed to produce 10 points and four assists before he left. While they do not have a timetable for his return yet, Lin is expected to miss several of the upcoming games. The Nets are already looking at other options in the back court while their starting guard recovers.
Rondae Hollis Jefferson missed all four shots that he took. Though he failed to produce a point, he contributed with six assists and two steals.
Bojan Bogdanovic provided a bit of offense with 11 points. All seven of his shots were taken outside of the three point line.
The stat sheets do not show much for Trevor Booker, but he played solid defense.
Brooklyn Nets bench
Sean Kilpatrick took advantage of the Jeremy Lin injury. He took the “next man up” mantra to heart. Out of nowhere, Kilpatrick provided the Nets with 24 points, 10 rebounds, and two steals. Those are the types of performances that can convince an NBA coach to give you more minutes a game.
Backup guard Joe Harris chipped in with a much needed 13 point performance.
Anthony Bennett has been given a handful of chances to prove to the NBA that he is not a bust. Many consider him to be one of the worst first overall draft picks ever. The Brooklyn Nets gave him a chance to redeem himself, and it does not appear to be working out too well. Of the five games that the team has played, Bennett was been relegated to the bench three times, including this game against the Pistons. In the two games that he did get on the floor, Bennett shot poorly. The end of his career could be near.
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