Detroit Pistons ballyhooed big men Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe, and the debates about their individual All-Star worthiness next February, got a big boost with the New York media market watching Friday. Both players had 22 points and double-doubles, and pushed the Pistons to a 103-99 victory over the Brooklyn Nets. Monroe had a steady game but did his most important offensive work after the Pistons broke down in the fourth quarter and scored four points in more than six minutes. His right-handed hook in the post made it 100-93 after the Pistons led by 18 after three quarters. Drummond's biggest work came in the second quarter, when the Nets' one-point lead after one quarter flipped into a 17-point halftime deficit, and he had 16 points and five rebounds, made all five of his field-goal attempts, and was 6 of 7 from the free-throw line. The Nets made it interesting late, largely because of a couple of key 3-pointers by Mirza Teletovic, who had nine of his 17 points in the fourth quarter. The Pistons led 94-84 when Brandon Jennings entered the game for Chauncey Billups with 7:54 left and the offense stalled. After Monroe's much-needed basket, Deron Williams was fouled by Jennings on a 3-point attempt and made all three free throws to make it 100-96 with 51 seconds left. Josh Smith charged, but Williams was turned over on a hustle play by Jennings, who stripped the Nets guard from behind after he was beaten on the dribble.
Pistons' big men do big work, hold off late Nets rally for 103-99 win
Michigan Live | Dec 14