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Nets use 3-point attack to beat Pistons 116-104

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 4, 2014 at 10:27 pm •  Published: April 4, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Lately, it seems as though the Brooklyn Nets just can't get enough home cooking.

"You feel comfortable when you have dinner at your house, rather than when you go to someone else's house and don't know what they're going to cook," Nets forward Paul Pierce said.

Shaun Livingston scored 23 points, Mirza Teletovic made six 3-pointers and added 20 off the bench, and the Nets beat the Detroit Pistons 116-104 on Friday night for their 15th straight victory at Barclays Center.

The Nets went 15 for 31 from behind the arc.

Brooklyn used a 35-9 run that began late in the first quarter, and lasted halfway through the second, to build a strong working margin. The Nets led by as many as 22, and were never truly threatened, although the Pistons did cut the lead to single digits on several occasions.

Pierce added 17 for Brooklyn, which had six players reach double figures in scoring.

The Nets topped the 110-point mark for the eighth time this season. Coach Jason Kidd credited his team's ball movement as a primary reason for Brooklyn's strong offensive output.

"The one thing that leads to 3s is everyone being unselfish," Kidd said. It doesn't matter if it's (Andray) Blatche, if it's (Deron Williams), if it's Joe (Johnson) - guys are posting up, and they're finding their teammates. When you're unselfish like that, you get the looks that we're getting from behind the 3."

Brooklyn remained 2 ½ games behind the Chicago Bulls and Toronto Raptors, who both won, in the race for the No. 3 seed in the East.

They could potentially get a lift from Kevin Garnett, who, according to Kidd, may return to action Saturday night in Philadelphia after sitting out the last 19 games due to back spasms.

"We'll see," Kidd said, about the prospect of the 37-year-old center returning to the lineup. "We would like to try to get him to go tomorrow, but it's up to him."

Livingston, for one, can't wait to see his teammate back on the floor.

"It means everything to this team," Livingston said. "He's our leader."

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