Drummond, Jennings lead Pistons over Nets 111-95

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 7, 2014 at 10:12 pm •  Published: February 7, 2014
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AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Pistons are still one of the worst fourth-quarter teams in the NBA.

Friday, they found a solution to the problem.

Detroit dominated Brooklyn for two-and-a-half quarters, building a 29-point lead, then held on for dear life as the Nets cut the lead to single digits in the waning moments.

Pistons coach Maurice Cheeks said after the game that he thinks his team has developed a mental block when it comes to holding leads down the stretch.

"You can get one of those," he said. "Fortunately, we had a huge lead tonight, but that is still something we really need to work on. I think we need to win a couple games in the fourth quarter and find some confidence."

Brooklyn trailed 96-63 heading into the fourth, but Detroit's offense stalled yet again. Jason Kidd didn't play his starters at all in the final period, but Jason Terry hit a pair of 3-pointers and Mason Plumlee got open for three dunks to get the Nets within 102-92 with 1:57 to go.

"We could not get a rebound or a stop, so I was trying to find guys who can play," Kidd said. "The guys who were out there playing continued to execute and we finally got some stops."

Rodney Stuckey hit a 17-foot baseline jumper on Detroit's next possession, then hit a pair of free throws to stave off a complete collapse.

"We were bleeding at that point, so we really needed those points," Cheeks said. "We stopped pushing the ball in the fourth, and they started making shots, so that made it even harder to run."

Brandon Jennings made a run at a rare quadruple double, and could have had a regular triple-double if he had managed a single second-half assist. He finished with 26 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists and eight turnovers.

Andre Drummond added 16 points and 22 rebounds, even hitting two free throws with 36.5 seconds to go after missing his first six attempts. Josh Smith had with 23 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and four blocks before leaving the game with 4:39 to play. Cheeks said Smith twisted his ankle, but the team wasn't sure of the severity.

The Nets were resting Kevin Garnett, and the starting lineup struggled badly, combining for just 42 points. Terry led the team with 18, all in the second half, while Plumlee also got his 10 points after halftime.