NEWARK, N.J. – Anthony Morrow scored all of the points during a key second-half run in his first game since mid-December to lead the New Jersey Nets to an 89-74 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Friday night.
The victory was the Nets' 12th, tying the total they had last season (12-70) when they were the NBA's worst team.
Brook Lopez had 15 points, Devin Harris added 12 and nine assists, and Kris Humphries had 11 points and 12 rebounds in helping New Jersey win its second straight game since owner Mikhail Prokhorov ordered the team to end its trade talks with Denver and Detroit on a megadeal that would have landed Carmelo Anthony in New Jersey.
Tayshaun Prince had 16 points for Detroit, which was limited to 14 points in the final quarter.
Morrow, who had been sidelined since pulling a hamstring against Philadelphia on Dec. 14, outscored Detroit 10-2 in the game-deciding run after he had looked very tentative in a little more than seven minutes of action in first half of the sluggish game.
Detroit got within 64-60 on a free throw by Jason Maxiell with 22 seconds left in the third quarter before Morrow nailed a 3-pointer with 1.8 seconds left for his first points of the game.
The shooting guard added two jumpers and another 3-pointer early in the fourth to push the lead to 74-62 with 10:16 left in the game.
New Jersey hit six of its first seven shots in the fourth quarter and made all the little plays that proved the difference in winning for only the third time in 14 games.
Morrow's second 3-pointer came after Harris hustled down the court after a Nets turnover and knocked the ball away from a Detroit player, setting up a break at the other end.
New Jersey, which is now 5-1 with Prokhorov in attendance, expanded its lead to 83-66 on a 3-pointer by Sasha Vujacic with about five minutes to go and the Pistons never recovered.
Veteran guard Richard Hamilton was supposed to come to New Jersey as part of the big deal. However, he did not play for a sixth straight game because he has fallen out of coach John Kuester's rotation.
NOTES: Tracy McGrady of the Pistons and Vujacic were called for a double technical at the end of the first half for yapping at each other after McGrady hit a shot at the buzzer. ... Detroit's Charlie Villanueva sprained his left ankle in the first half and did not play in the second half.