DETROIT (AP) Jerami Grant equated to a career high with 32 points and the Detroit Pistons made the most of Kevin Durant’s lack, beating the Brooklyn Nets 122-111 on Tuesday night.

Detroit snapped a four-game losing streak and showed the exact same type of spirit that was on display in its previous video game, a double-overtime loss in Los Angeles versus the defending champ Lakers. The last-place Pistons handed Brooklyn its third straight defeat.

Durant was out since of the NBA’s health and security protocols. The Nets were without both him and Kyrie Irving (right finger sprain) in a loss to Philadelphia on Saturday night. Irving returned against Detroit and scored 27 points.

James Harden added 24 for Brooklyn, but it wasn’t enough for the Nets to conquer a poor start. The Pistons shot 66.7% from the field in the first quarter and led by 12 at the end of the duration. The lead reached 20 in the 2nd.

Brooklyn rallied to within two in the 3rd, however a 3-pointer by Grant offered the Pistons a 94-86 advantage after that quarter, and Detroit had the ability to hang on.

Pistons novice Saddiq Bey scored all of his 15 points in the final duration, making all six of his attempts from the field.

Grant also tied his career high with 32 points in the loss to the Lakers.


Nets: Irving and former Piston Bruce Brown were both called for technical fouls in the third quarter. … Brooklyn signed F Noah Vonleh on Monday. He played a bit against Detroit but did not score.

Pistons: Grant scored 29 points in the very first 3 quarters.


This was Detroit’s very first video game since acquiring Dennis Smith Jr. from New York in a deal that sent Derrick Rose to the Knicks. Smith couldn’t play Tuesday since of health and wellness protocols. Coach Dwane Casey stated Smith was still in quarantine, however he was hoping Smith could be part of practice Wednesday.


Webs: Host the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night. Brooklyn went 1-2 against Indiana in 2019-20.

Pistons: Host Indiana on Thursday night. Detroit went 3-1 against Indiana last season.


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