The Pistons put together a stretch of basketball unlike any other this season (for them), scoring 67 points in the first half on 61-percent shooting and scoring 26 of their game's 52 points in the paint during a most-efficient second quarter. By halftime, the Pistons had two players on pace for a triple-double -- Brandon Jennings and Josh Smith -- and another two for a double-double -- Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe.
The Pistons didn't tank in the third quarter, but nearly did in the 4th. However, despite only scoring four points in the first eight minutes, the one-time 29-point lead was just too much to see dissipate by their normal bad defense and opponent's three-point barrage (the Nets made eight threes in the second half).
Who stood out:
The aforementioned four we spectacular, save for Jennings' eight turnovers. Jennings had a chance for the triple-double at the end of the game, but chose to shoot (and make) a three instead. Drummond had a career high 22 rebounds. Smith stuffed the stat sheet with everything but ill-advised shots, scoring 23 with eight rebounds, seven assists, four blocks and a steal.
-- The Pistons shot better from three-point range (53-percent) than they did from two-point range (51-percent), which is only the third time they've done that this season.
-- The Pistons looked like they were genuinely having fun at the expense of the Nets, throwing oops and jumping hip bumps. At one point, Jennings threw an oop off the glass for one of his big men and both Drummond and Smith tried to jam it together. Would each get one point? Moot point because they missed it and Drummond tipped it in for the two points.
-- Box Score
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