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Pistons 103, Nets 99

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AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Center Andre Drummond scored 22 points and 13 rebounds and power forward Greg Monroe contributed 22 points and 11 rebounds as the Detroit Pistons ended a three-game losing streak with a 103-99 win over the Brooklyn Nets on Friday night at The Palace.

Guard Rodney Stuckey added 17 points and forward Kyle Singler chipped in 16 for Detroit (11-13), which led by 21 early in the fourth and survived the Nets' late surge.

Nets power forward Kevin Garnett grabbed his 14,000th rebound during the third quarter, becoming the 10th player in league history to reach that mark. He is only the third player to have 25,000 points, 14,000 rebounds and 5,000 assists, joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Karl Malone.

Guard Deron Williams led Brooklyn with 22 points and nine assists while forward Andray Blatche had 20 points and 12 rebounds for the Nets (8-15), who had their three-game winning streak snapped. Reserve forward Mirza Teletovic scored 17 points, all in the second half.

Brooklyn played without center Brook Lopez, who sprained his left ankle during its 102-93 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday. Lopez also missed the first meeting between the clubs, a 109-97 Detroit win at Brooklyn's Barclay Center on Nov. 24.

Brooklyn, which trailed by 17 at the break, hit four 3-pointers in the third but couldn't get the deficit under 12. The Nets made more headway early in the fourth, using a 13-1 run behind two Teletovic 3-pointers to cut Detroit's lead to 92-83.

The Nets whittled it down to five before Monroe made a jump hook to give Detroit a 100-93 lead. But Williams then hit three free throws with 51 seconds remaining after getting fouled on a 3-point try.

A 3-pointer by Brooklyn forward Paul Pierce made it 101-99 with 11.1 seconds left but Singler answered with two free throws.

Drummond and Stuckey combined for 30 second-quarter points as the Pistons outscored the Nets 38-20 and rolled to a 61-44 halftime lead. The Nets were limited to six points in the first six minutes of the quarter while the Pistons took control.

NOTES: Pistons 10-year F Josh Smith was playing in his 700th career game. ... Nets SF Paul Pierce has come off the bench for three consecutive games, doubling his career total in 1,120 games. ... Brooklyn C Brook Lopez has missed 77 games because of injury in the last three seasons after not missing a game in his first three seasons. ... Detroit C Andre Drummond made his 100th career steal during the first half. ... Nets F Andray Blatche was whistled for a Flagrant One foul in the second quarter after whacking Drummond across the face. ... Detroit PG Will Bynum was inactive for the ninth straight game with a left abductor strain. ... The Nets had won their last two games at The Palace after dropping 15 of 17. Brooklyn returns to Detroit on Friday, Feb. 7, for the third of four games in the season series.

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