The Detroit Pistons used a patchwork interior rotation forced by fouls, injury and performance, and it proved just enough for the Brooklyn Nets to hand them a 93-90 loss Wednesday.
With Andre Drummond ailing and limited to four minutes, Jason Maxiell saddled with five fouls and Charlie Villanueva missing shot after shot, the Pistons went with two unlikely players extensively in the fourth quarter: Slava Kravtsov and Jonas Jerebko.
Jerebko played down the stretch in a fourth quarter with 11 lead changes and six ties. His tip-in brought the Pistons within 86-85 and a 20-foot jumper made it 88-87.
The Pistons (18-32) never drew even again in their fifth loss in six games, and second this year to the Nets (29-20), who beat them in a double-overtime heartbreaker Dec. 14.
Greg Monroe split a pair of free throws with 33.6 seconds left to bring them within 89-88. Brook Lopez answered with a powerful post move against Monroe to extend the Nets' lead back to three.
Monroe scored inside to make it a one-point game again with 10.4 remaining. Joe Johnson responded with a pair of free throws at 8.8 to make it 93-90.
Will Bynum forced a challenged corner 3-pointer at the buzzer but it came up short of the rim.
Detroit Pistons' depleted interior hangs in, can't hang on in 93-90 loss to Brooklyn Nets
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