NEW YORK (AP) — Mason Plumlee scored 10 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter and the Brooklyn Nets held off a late rally for a 110-105 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Sunday.
Joe Johnson added 16 points, including four free throws in the final 12 seconds.
Mirza Teletovic’s layup with 5:31 remaining gave the Nets a 98-83 lead, their largest of the game. But Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who scored 20 points, completed a furious run by hitting a 3-pointer with 9 seconds left to bring Detroit within 106-105.
After Johnson followed with two free throws, Caldwell-Pope missed on a long 3-pointer and Andre Drummond committed a loose ball foul on the rebound.
Kevin Garnett missed the two ensuing free throws. Josh Smith grabbed the rebound and was immediately fouled by Sergey Karasev.
Smith also missed both free throws, Garnett grabbed another rebound and this time made both for the final score.
Jarrett Jack, who started in place of the injured Deron Williams, finished with 15 points and 10 assists for Brooklyn.
Plumlee shot 9 of 10 from the field and had 12 rebounds.
Drummond finished with 18 points and 20 rebounds. Greg Monroe had 16 points, Jodie Meeks finished with 13 and Jonas Jerebko added 10 for the Pistons.
Pistons: The Pistons have lost four straight games, with their opponents (Clippers, Mavericks, Raptors, Nets) each scoring at least 110 points. . In their last five games, five different Pistons have led the team in scoring (Monroe, Meeks, Drummond, Jennings, Caldwell-Pope). . Assistant Coach Malik Allen played for the New Jersey Nets during the 2007-08 season, while assistant coach Charles Klask was on Brooklyn’s staff in 2013-14.
Nets: Williams missed his first game of the season due to a strained right calf. He was the only Net to start in each of the team’s first 25 games. . In the teams’ first meeting this season, a 102-90 Brooklyn win on Nov. 1, the Nets held the Pistons to 1-for-17 shooting (5.9 percent) from 3-point range and matched their season-low with eight turnovers. . Coach Lionel Hollins played for the Pistons during the 1983-84 season.
Pistons: Host Indiana on Friday.
Nets: Host Denver on Tuesday.
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