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                    === Johnson, Nets sneak past Pistons ===
 Auburn  Hills, MI (Sports  Network) - Joe Johnson buried a pair of free throws
 with  8.8 seconds remaining,  as the Brooklyn Nets held on for a 93-90 victory
 over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday at the Palace of Auburn Hills.
 Brook  Lopez scored  a tough  lay-in  with 17.8  seconds to  play, giving  the
 visitors a crucial three-point cushion, and finished with 17 points to go with
 nine rebounds for the Nets, who ended a 10-game road losing streak at Detroit.
 Johnson  finished  with  16  points  and four  boards,  while  Gerald  Wallace
 contributed 14 points in the victory.
 "We  had a  lot of people play  well," Nets interim coach P.J. Carlesimo said.
 "The  thing (the  bench) did really well  was close the quarter really well in
 the first and second, and obviously the fourth."
 Greg  Monroe netted  a  game-high 23  points  and grabbed  10  boards for  the
 Pistons,  who have  dropped three straight and five of their last six overall.
 Will  Bynum donated 13 points and dished out seven helpers, while Kyle Singler
 and Brandon Knight each registered 12 points in the setback.
 The  Pistons  led by  as many as  13 points late  second quarter after Bynum's
 layup, but the lead shrunk to 46-40 by halftime.
 The  action  stayed close  in the third  quarter, as both  teams shot the ball
 well.  Brooklyn  connected on 12-of-19 shots,  while Detroit held its edge for
 most  of the  quarter, and hit 11-of-22  shots, for a 73-69 advantage into the
 final quarter of play.
 The  fourth saw six ties, until Deron Williams went 1-of-2 from the free throw
 line  with 4 1/2  to play, and then nailed a 3-pointer on the next possession,
 to give the Nets an 86-83 edge. Both defenses hunkered down over the next two-
 plus minutes until Jonas Jerebko's tip-in brought the Pistons within one.
 Lopez  brought  the lead to 89-87,  after going 1-of-2 from the charity stripe
 with  44  seconds remaining. Monroe  then drove the hoop  and drew a foul from
 Lopez  to go  to the line, but he  made just one from the line, before Lopez's
 clutch basket with 17 ticks to play.
 "You  have to  give  Brooklyn credit,  but there  were  many opportunities  in
 controllable situations that we just didn't do a very good job," Pistons coach
 Lawrence Frank said.
                                   Game Notes
 Detroit still has won 42 of 48 at home against the Nets ...  The Nets won this
 season's  earlier  matchup with Detroit on  Dec. 14 ... Brooklyn came into the
 game  having lost 15 of its last 17  at The Palace ... Williams had  12 points
 and  nine assists,  en route to surpassing the  5,000 career  assist mark  ...
 Detroit  shot just  17.6 percent (3-of-17 from behind the arc) ... Brooklyn is
 18-1 this season versus teams below .500.
 02/07 00:27:46 ET