Auburn Hills, MI (SportsNetwork.com) – Brandon Jennings and Greg Monroe posted double-doubles and the Detroit Pistons got back in the win column with a 98-93 victory over the Brooklyn Nets.
Jennings scored all 20 of his points in the second half and handed out 11 assists while Monroe finished with 16 points and a season-high 17 rebounds for Detroit, winners in eight of nine since waiving Josh Smith.
The Pistons won seven straight before falling to the Eastern Conference- leading Hawks 106-103 on Friday.
“Winning is always fun,” Monroe said. “We just want to keep it going.”
Joe Johnson led six Nets in double figures with 17 points, while Brook Lopez contributed 11 points and 15 rebounds off the bench. Brooklyn has lost five in a row.
The Pistons led by five after three quarters, but their lead was down to 84-82 following Darius Morris’ layup with 4 1/2 to play. Out of a timeout, transition layups by Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Jennings pushed the spread back to six.
Jennings then hit a 3-pointer from the left corner, and after empty possessions both ways and a media timeout, Monroe’s layup with just under two minutes to play gave Detroit a 93-84 advantage. Jonas Jerebko then nailed the dagger a minute later, a top-of-the-key 3 at 1:10.
“When you give teams easy, uncontested layups it’s hard to win,” Nets center Mason Plumlee said.
The Pistons led for most of the first half, only trailing for one minute and 16 seconds in the second quarter, but never created much distance. Down by three following four straight Brooklyn free throws — two each by Bojan Bogdanovic and Alan Anderson — Kyle Singler hit a 3-pointer just before halftime to tie it at 47-47.
Jennings scored 13 points in the third.
Lopez hit his first career regular-season 3-pointer with 16 seconds left … The Nets had won three straight in this series … Bogdanovic scored 14 points in his first start since Dec. 8. … Plumlee also had 14 for Brooklyn.