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                  === Banged-up Nets play host to Pistons ===
 
 (SportsNetwork.com)  - The struggling and banged-up Brooklyn Nets are counting
 on  a  days' rest to  get back into  the win column  and will host the Detroit
 Pistons Sunday afternoon at Barclays Center.
 
 The  Nets have lost four in a row and seven of eight games, and fell to 3-9 on
 the  season with  Friday's 111-81  loss  at Minnesota.  Playing without  Deron
 Williams,  Brook  Lopez and Jason  Terry, the Nets  struggled to keep pace and
 made  39.7 percent of their shots. They hit 5-of-16 3-pointers and were led by
 Andray Blatche's 16 points off the bench.
 
 Joe  Johnson scored 15  points and Tyshawn Taylor netted 13 as a reserve. Paul
 Pierce  and Kevin  Garnett scored just six and eight points, respectively, for
 Brooklyn, which committed 20 turnovers, leading to 22 Minnesota points.
 
 "The  big  thing for this  group is we have  to (improve) together," said Nets
 coach  Jason Kidd.  "But the actions have  to kick in at some point. We're not
 doing that on either end."
 
 Lopez  (ankle) has missed four straight games and is averaging 20.5 points and
 6.5 rebounds per game this season. Lopez, Williams and Terry are listed as out
 on the Nets' official game notes.
 
 Garnett  is one appearance away from matching Gary Payton (1,335) for ninth on
 the all-time games played list.
 
 Detroit  has  lost two in  a row  and seven of  its last nine games, including
 Friday's  96-89 setback  to the Atlanta Hawks in the finale of a home-and-home
 series from The Palace of Auburn Hills.
 
 Two  days after sustaining a 93-85 setback in Atlanta, the Pistons fell to 4-8
 this  season and were led by Kyle Singler's career-high 22 points in his first
 start  of the season. Rodney Stuckey scored 17 points and Andre Drummond added
 15  and 16 rebounds for the Pistons, who got 11 points and 11 boards from Greg
 Monroe and made only 3-of-13 3-pointers.
 
 It  was  Drummond's seventh double-double  in a row.  He has nine this season.
 Monroe  had eight  straight double-doubles last February and Grant Hill turned
 the trick in 10 consecutive games back in 1996.
 
 Atlanta  used a 20-5  run to grab a 24-16 lead and later trailed, 87-86 in the
 fourth  quarter. The Hawks  ended the game on a 10-2 run and took advantage of
 some costly miscues by Detroit.
 
 "We  had some  turnovers late in the  game that made a difference, but I liked
 our energy, I liked our effort," said Detroit head coach Maurice Cheeks.
 
 Former  Hawk Josh  Smith came off the  bench and had no points, but ended with
 seven  rebounds, three  blocks, one  assist  and one  steal. Brandon  Jennings
 contributed eight points to go along with 14 assists.
 
 Drummond,  meanwhile, is  posting averages of 14.1 points and 14.3 rebounds in
 his  last seven  games  and leads  the NBA  in  field-goal percentage  (66.4).
 Stuckey leads the East in bench scoring with 14.8 points per game.
 
 After  visiting Brooklyn,  the  Pistons will  return to  The  Palace for  four
 straight  contests  versus Milwaukee,  Chicago,  the  Los Angeles  Lakers  and
 Philadelphia.
 
 Detroit  lost all  four meetings with Brooklyn last season and has dropped six
 of  seven and  eight of  the last  10 as  the visitor  in this  series. Monroe
 averaged  17.3 points  and 9.3  rebounds against  the Nets  in 2012-13,  while
 Williams posted averages of 17.0 points and 6.5 assists.
 
 11/24 10:47:43 ET

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