NBA Game Summary - Detroit at New Jersey
(Wednesday, October 27th)
Final Score: New Jersey 101, Detroit 98
Newark, NJ (Sports Network) - Brook Lopez scored 25 points and grabbed nine rebounds, as the New Jersey Nets used last second heroics to beat the Detroit Pistons, 101-98, in the season opener for both teams at the Prudential Center.
Devin Harris finished with 22 points and nine assists for the Nets, who started their 2009-10 season by losing their first 18 games en route to the worst record in the NBA at 12-70. Anthony Morrow added 13 points while Terrence Williams and Jordan Farmar both had 10 points off the bench in the win.
Rodney Stuckey, Tayshaun Prince and Charlie Villanueva each had 14 points for the Pistons, who missed the playoffs for the first time in nine years in 2009-10 after finishing with only 27 wins.
Trailing by seven, 95-88, after a Richard Hamilton baseline three-pointer, the Nets went on a 13-3 run to finish the game.
"When (Hamilton) made that shot we didn't drop our heads, we came down and got a big bucket from Jordan (Farmar) and from that we buckled down defensively." said Harris.
Farmar, an offseason acquisition from the Lakers, hit a long three-pointer with 1:32 remaining to get the Nets to within four, 95-91.
After a turnover by Ben Gordon on the following possession, Harris hit a fade away jumper in the lane and converted the three-point play when it was ruled that Gordon pushed him in the act of shooting.
"You think you might have the game in the NBA," Gordon said."You can never count a team out and you have to learn from your mistakes."
After a timeout by new Nets head coach Avery Johnson, the Nets reclaimed the lead, 97-95, on a three-pointer by free agent signee Morrow.
"You don't think about the clock or the crowd" said Morrow "They brought me here to make big shots and that is something I want to continue to do."
Harris converted on two more from the foul line to put the score at 99-95. After a three-pointer by Villanueva to get the Pistons within one, Farmar drilled two free throws with 14 seconds remaining to push the lead back to three.
"We got some stops when we needed it," said Harris "(Anthony) Morrow made a huge shot, Jordan (Farmar) got the run started... we picked each other up."
Villanueva's three-point attempt at the other end was off the mark, though Williams missed two free throws with 1.6 seconds left that would have put the game away. Stuckey, however, was unable to tie the game on a last-second three-point try.
The Nets won the first opening night game since 2008-09 when they beat the Washington Wizards, 95-85. Last season, it took the Nets until December 4 to record their first win, a 97-91 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats.
"Were moving forward from last year, we've forgotten about it and we are moving on." said Harris.
Derrick Favors, the third overall selection in this year's draft, made his first points as a pro at the 4:37 mark in the first, going 1-for-2 from the free throw line. He scored three of the Nets' final six points in the first quarter to even the game at 20 after 12 minutes of play.
The Nets started the second quarter continuing a 12-2 run, but poor shooting -- 8-for-20 in the quarter -- allowed the veteran laden Pistons to go on their own 19-6 run. Stuckey converted on two free throws and an easy layup to extend the lead to seven with under a minute to go.
The Pistons held a 47-39 lead at the break.
Lopez scored 14 points in the third on 7-of-8 shooting to lead the Nets to a slim 70-67 lead going into the final stanza.
Detroit won last year's season series, 2-1, and has still won 11 of the last 15 meetings between the two clubs...The Pistons lead the all-time series 91-56...Brook Lopez averaged 28.0 points per game against the Detroit last season... The Nets were without the services of power forward Troy Murphy, who is out with a low back strain and inflammation...This was the first game for the Nets under new majority owner Mikhail Prokhorov.
10/28 03:57:28 ET