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Brooklyn Nets 103, Detroit Pistons 115, Final: Recap, Tweets, Highlights

Without leading scorer Brook Lopez (virus), the Brooklyn Nets couldn’t keep pace with the Detroit Pistons on offense.

  • Brooklyn Nets 103 (19-50)
  • Detroit Pistons 115 (36-34)
  • NBA, Final, Full Box Score
  • The Palace of Auburn Hills, Detroit, MI

With Brook Lopez off the court this season, the Brooklyn Nets are minus-13 points per 100 possessions. So, to speculate that they’d be beaten tonight against the Detroit Pistons wasn’t crazy.

The Nets actually kept pace with the Pistons though, for the first three quarters anyway.

In the fourth, Detroit went on a 21-6 run and took a 15 point lead ending the Nets chances at an upset. Brooklyn did have a couple nice takeaways from tonight’s contest however, their two D-league call-ups, Henry Sims (playing in his first game as a Nets) and Sean Kilpatrick (fresh off his new multi-year contract) were both exceptional.

Sims had 10 points and 8 boards in his debut and Kilpatrick had 15 points in his fifth straight game scoring in double-digits.

Brooklyn’s backup bigs actually did an impressive job containing Andre Drummond, holding him to just 16 points and 9 rebounds. Of all people, it was Aron Baynes (a punch line during free agency) and Anthony Tolliver who did the Nets in tonight. Baynes scored 21 points tonight with 17 of them coming in the fourth quarter. Tolliver came off the bench to hit 4 of the Pistons 10 three-pointers.

Brooklyn returns home for their next matchup, against the Charlotte Hornets on Tuesday, Mar. 22.

I'm ESNY's Executive Editor for EliteSportsNY.com. I cover the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets. Email: chip.murphy@elitesportsny.com Chip Murphy covers the NBA for Elite Sports NY. You can find him on Twitter @ChipperMurphy.