NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, January 11th (All times eastern)
Detroit Pistons (18-14) at New Jersey Nets (12-21), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Detroit Pistons try to make it two straight wins this evening when they wrap up a brief two-game road trip against the New Jersey Nets at Continental Airlines Arena.
On Friday, Richard Hamilton had 25 points, six rebounds and four assists to lead the Pistons to a 110-104 victory over the Boston Celtics at the FleetCenter.
Hamilton hit 10 field goals in the game, just one night after becoming the first player in NBA history to lead his team in scoring without making a field goal. Hamilton had 14 points, all from the foul line, in Detroit's loss to the Grizzlies on Thursday.
Chauncey Billups contributed 22 points and five assists for the Pistons, who have won three of their last four and six of their last eight.
Detroit, which will start a four-game homestand following the contest, has won five straight and seven of its last eight on the road and is 9-8 away from home this season. The Pistons are just one of two teams in the Eastern Conference with a winning record on the road. Miami (13-5) is the other.
The Nets got some bad news on Tuesday, as forward Richard Jefferson is expected to miss the remainder of the season with a left wrist injury. Jefferson suffered the injury in a 100-90 overtime loss to the Detroit Pistons on December 27th at The Palace of Auburn Hills. He is expected to have surgery on the wrist in the near future to repair a ruptured ligament.
The 24-year-old Jefferson had played in 33 games for the Nets and was averaging team-highs in scoring (22.2 ppg) and rebounding (7.3 rpg). He had also averaged four assists.
New Jersey comes into tonight's tilt on a sour note after falling 104-101 to the Orlando Magic on Saturday at the TD Waterhouse Centre.
Jason Kidd tallied 22 points, 11 boards and 11 assists for the Nets, who have dropped three of their last four. The Nets, which also received 20 points from Jason Collins and 17 from Jefferson, also got 16 points from Vince Carter in defeat.
It was the 60th triple-double in the career of Kidd, as he moved past Larry Bird for fourth place on the NBA's career list.
New Jersey, which will hit the road for three games following tonight's contest, has won six of its last eight at home and is 7-8 in its building this season.
The Pistons defeated the Nets earlier in the year and has won two straight, four of six and seven of the last 10 meetings. Detroit has also won six of eight and seven of its last 10 in the Garden State.
01/11 15:40:47 ET