Pistons Fall to Nets, Win Seventh Straight

Detroit lost their seventh straight game.

The Nets snapped a three-game losing streak with a 100-86 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday night.

The Pistons, who have the worst record in the NBA, have the most significant player on their roster out injured. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope left the game with 4:10 remaining in the first quarter with a sprained right ankle.

He came back in the second, but it was clear there was a problem with his ankle — Caldwell-Pope spent a good bit of time on the bench.

Kevin Durant scored 50 points and finished one point shy of the NBA record as the Warriors routed the Knicks 149-124 on Monday night.

Playing without guards Reggie Jackson (ankle) and Avery Bradley (sprained knee), the Pistons pushed a respectable Brooklyn team to the limit in the first half, led by a career-high 25 points from Reggie Bullock.

The Nets briefly took a one-point lead in the first quarter, but by halftime the outcome was decided. They ended the game on a 25-7 run.

Shelvin Mack led the Pistons with 17 points.

TIP-INS

Pistons: Both the starting center and backup swingman from Monday night will sit out Wednesday night’s game against Orlando. Stanley Johnson (right calf strain) is out and Luke Kennard (right ankle sprain) is out with a sore right knee. … Luke Kennard returned to Detroit’s starting lineup after coming off the bench for the first time this season in Monday’s loss. … Detroit is 2-3 since trading forward Tobias Harris to Philadelphia for Ersan Ilyasova and a 2021 second-round pick. … Coach Stan Van Gundy said he’s “not sure” if Jackson will miss more games or how much time it will take to get him back. … Detroit plays its fifth straight home game on Wednesday night.

Nets: Garrett Temple has started the past five games for Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (bruised left hip). … The Nets tied a franchise record for fewest turnovers in a game (10). … Mason Plumlee made the starting lineup in place of Ed Davis, but just two games after Davis was recalled from the G League, Plumlee left the game after appearing to injure his left ankle or foot in the first quarter. … The Nets were 1 of 6 from 3-point range in the first quarter, but went 10 of 20 from beyond the arc in the second. … Quinn Cook was acquired Monday in a trade that sent DeMarre Carroll to Washington.

STAT LINE

The Pistons led 40-31 when Kerr scored five straight points with 3:29 left in the first quarter, making a 3-pointer and then converting a three-point play. Kerr, who entered the game leading the NBA in scoring at 24.2 points per game, finished the night shooting 15 of 28.

FULL ZAZA

Knee problems limited Luke Zaza Pachulia to 21 starts for the Nets this season before he was traded to San Antonio on March 2. He has since started the past three games and scored a season-high 17 points on 7-of-8 shooting on Tuesday night.

UP NEXT

Pistons: Host Orlando on Wednesday night.

Nets: Host Oklahoma City on Wednesday night.

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