Detroit built a 13-point lead after one quarter Tuesday night, but couldn’t protect it and lost 89-78 to New Jersey for its fourth straight loss.
“We’re just flat out not getting it done,” said Pistons All-Star Ben Wallace, who had 13 points and 12 rebounds. “We came out in the first quarter and played pretty decent. After that, everything was down hill.”
“We didn’t have a lot of guys matching their energy. That’s my responsibility,” Brown said. “I never thought I’d have to coach effort. It seems to me in a lot of games, we have to coach effort.”
Sacramento posted a 124-117 at Milwaukee on Tuesday night. Peja Stojakovic scored 31 points and sank all four of his free throws in the final 20 seconds to help the Kings hold on.
“Amazing offensive game,” Kings coach Rick Adelman said.
Sacramento is one of only three Western Conference teams to have a winning road record, joining Minnesota and San Antonio.