The Brooklyn Nets host the Detroit Pistons Wednesday night to open a 3-game homestand at Barclays Center. Here’s how to catch the action.
Two teams looking to end losing streaks will collide Wednesday night at Barclays Center as the Brooklyn Nets host the Detroit Pistons for a 7:30 p.m. Eastern tip.
The Nets (2-5) have lost their last three games, most recently a 115-96 decision at the hands of the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden Monday night.
The Pistons (4-2) are in for the second game of a back-to-back after losing to the Boston Celtics on the road Tuesday night, 108-105.
It was a disheartening loss on Monday for Brooklyn, while was outscored 111-82 in the final 45-plus minutes after jumping out to a quick 14-5 lead.
The Nets were outrebounded 53-32 in that game and surrendered 29 second-change points. Brooklyn’s hot 3-point shooting of late also evaporated, as the Nets were just 11-for-38 (28.9 percent) and made only seven of their final 32 attempts after a hot start.
Spencer Dinwiddie led Brooklyn with 17 points and two blocked shots. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson added 16 points, seven rebounds and two blocks, while Caris LeVert had a team-high five assists to go with a season-low four points on 2-of-11 shooting.
In the return game in a home-and-home with Boston, the Pistons put up a stronger effort Tuesday after being blown out in Detroit 109-89 on Saturday.
The Pistons trailed the Celtics by 10 entering the fourth quarter on Tuesday, but got to within one with 12 seconds left when Ish Smith canned a 3-pointer.
Jayson Tatum made a pair of free throws at the other end to push Boston’s lead back to three and Detroit’s comeback hopes ended when Blake Griffin‘s pass was stolen by Marcus Smart with 10 seconds left.
The Nets trail the all-time series against Detroit 69-107 after losing at Little Caesars Arena on opening night.
The highest-scoring outburst in the series came April 17, 1982. when the New Jersey Nets hung up 147 points in a win at the Pontiac Silverdome and the Nets also have the biggest blowout of the series with a 140-100 victory over the Pistons at Rutgers Athletic Center on March 9, 1980.
Detroit has the longest winning streak in the series, taking 13 straight from Feb. 26, 1988, through Jan. 5, 1991.
The best individual scoring performance in the series was posted by Ray Williams of the Nets, who dropped 52 points in the aforementioned April 17, 1982, contest in Pontiac, Mich.
Hall of Famer Joe Dumars scored 44 points for Detroit in a 114-97 win over the New Jersey Nets at The Palace of Auburn Hills on March 9, 1994.
Three Nets have scored 34 points in a single game against the Pistons since the club moved to Brooklyn in 2012 — Joe Johnson on Nov. 23, 2013, and again on Nov. 1, 2014; and Allen Crabbe, who dropped 34 at Detroit on Feb. 7.
Since the Brooklyn move, the Nets are 12-14 against Detroit and have lost the last three games overall in the series, as well as the last two at Barclays Center.
*-Historical research courtesy of Basketball-Reference.com.
Here’s how to connect to the action Wednesday night between the Pistons and Nets.
Detroit Pistons at Brooklyn Nets
Season series: Pistons lead 1-0
Records: Detroit (4-2), Brooklyn (2-5)
Scoring: DET 109.7 (20th), BKN 106.6 (25th)
Defense: DET 111.3 (t-16th), BKN 111.1 (15th)
Off. Rating: DET 107.8 (20th), BKN 109.1 (18th)
Def. Rating: DET 109.4 (14th), BKN 113.7 (21st)
Pace: DET 100.0 (t-21st), BKN 97.7 (28th)
Shooting: DET 43.5% (t-21st), BKN 45.9% (15th)
3-point: DET 32.3% (t-26th), BKN 39.1% (5th)
Opponent shooting: DET 47.5% (t-23rd), BKN 45.6% (13th)
Opponent 3-point: DET 31.7% (3rd), BKN 36.2% (18th)
Oct. 17 at Detroit: Blake Griffin scored 26 points with six assists and Andre Drummond added 24 points and 20 rebounds as the Pistons held off a late surge by the Nets for a 103-100 win in the season opener for both teams.
Caris LeVert paced the Nets with 27 points, but his turnover in the final seconds helped seal Brooklyn’s fate. Spencer Dinwiddie added 23 points and six assists off the bench, Jarrett Allen went for 17 points, 10 rebounds and four blocked shots and Jared Dudley had three steals.
The Nets were hurt by a 14-5 gap in offensive rebounding and shot just 5-for-27 from 3-point range. Their 19 turnovers also led to 26 Detroit points.
Detroit: at Philadelphia, Saturday; vs. Miami, Monday; at Orlando, Nov. 7
Brooklyn: vs. Houston, Friday; vs. Philadelphia, Sunday; at Phoenix, Tuesday