Brooklyn Nets slam door on Detroit Pistons, 103-75

Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin, right, reacts during the second quarter against the Brooklyn Nets on Monday in New York. (AP photo)

By JEFFREY

BERNSTEIN
Associated Press
NEW YORK — The Nets haven’t been to the playoffs in four years. On Monday night, they looked ready to return.
Spencer Dinwiddie scored 19 points and Brooklyn held the Detroit Pistons to the lowest shooting percentage in an NBA game in 3 1/2 years, winning 103-75 to move into sixth place in the Eastern Conference.
“Our guys attacked it,” Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said. “Sometimes when you’re not used to these big games you might be on your heels a little bit. But, I felt like we were the more aggressive team and we weren’t afraid of the moment. Definitely a good sign for us if we have more of these big games in the future.”
The Nets (36-33) won their fourth straight and leapfrogged Detroit (34-32) into the No. 6 spot in their final game before leaving for a seven-game road trip.
The Pistons had their season-high, five-game winning streak snapped.
Andre Drummond led the Pistons with 13 points and 20 rebounds. Blake Griffin finished with 10 points, but only shot 1 of 10 from the field as Detroit was held to its lowest point total of the season.
The Pistons shot 27.8 percent (27 of 97) from the field, the lowest by any team since Memphis shot 27.1 percent at Golden State on Nov. 11, 2015.
“They brought a tough mindset and a much more physical game,” Griffin said.
Allen Crabbe finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds, Rodions Kurucs scored 13 points.
Brooklyn trailed 5-4, then went on a 14-4 run and never trailed again. Kurucs started the streak with consecutive buckets and Crabbe scored eight of the next 10 as Brooklyn took early control.
The Nets led 27-19 after the first quarter and 61-35 at halftime.
The Pistons scored the first five points of the second half and eventually pulled within 63-45 but never got any closer.
The Nets increased their lead to 29 points before Langston Galloway’s deep buzzer-beating 3-pointer ended the third quarter with the Pistons trailing 88-62.