Pistons win 4th straight, 109-92 over Nets
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – Greg Monroe had 18 points and 11 rebounds, and the Detroit Pistons routed the New Jersey Nets 109-92 Friday night for their fourth straight victory.
It's the longest winning streak for the Pistons since a five-game run in December 2009.
Detroit (8-20) spotted the Nets seven straight points to start the game, then answered with a 12-0 run. Jonas Jerebko scored 20 points for the Pistons and Rodney Stuckey added 19.
Johan Petro scored 16 points for New Jersey (8-20), which lost its fifth straight.
After falling behind 7-0, the Pistons began asserting themselves inside. Monroe had a pair of tip-ins to give Detroit a 12-7 lead, and Stuckey began hurting the Nets with his ability to finish around the basket.
Monroe finished 8 of 9 from the field and Stuckey was 7 of 10. Detroit shot 54 percent and enjoyed a 56-32 advantage in the paint.
The injury-plagued Nets did get some good news when rookie MarShon Brooks was able to play for the first time since Jan. 29. He'd been out with a broken toe on his right foot. Brooks scored seven points.
New Jersey was still without Brook Lopez (broken right foot), Keith Bogans (left ankle) Damion James (right foot surgery), Mehmet Okur (sore lower back) and DeShawn Stevenson (sore right knee).
The Pistons led 24-15 after the first quarter and 52-33 at halftime. They didn't let up in the third. Rookie Brandon Knight made a 3-pointer to push the lead to 28, and Monroe's dunk made it 78-48.
Detroit has been on the other end of its share of blowouts this season. The Pistons have lost seven games by at least 20 points, but this equaled their most lopsided win.
Monroe was averaging 3.9 offensive rebounds per game coming into the night, and the second-year big man was more than the Nets could handle down low. He finished with five of Detroit's 15 offensive rebounds.
Ben Gordon contributed 14 points for the Pistons, and Knight added 13.
New Jersey's Deron Williams and Jordan Farmar scored 14 points apiece.
NOTES: Detroit also beat New Jersey on Wednesday night in the first game of a home-and-home. ... Ben Wallace missed two free throws in the fourth quarter. It was his first trip to the line this season — in his 27th game. ... New Jersey went 5 of 19 from 3-point range. Anthony Morrow, who entered the game shooting 44 percent from long distance, missed all five of his attempts.