DETROIT (AP) — James Harden scored 44 factors and Blake Griffin added 17 in his return to Detroit, lifting the Brooklyn Nets to a 113-111 victory over the Pistons on Friday evening.
Harden was again after lacking his workforce’s earlier recreation due to neck soreness, and he added 14 rebounds and eight assists along with his huge scoring evening. Brooklyn was nonetheless with out Kevin Durant (left hamstring pressure) and Kyrie Irving (private causes), however the Nets had sufficient to carry off the last-place Pistons.
Jerami Grant scored 19 factors for Detroit.
Griffin spent three-plus years with the Pistons, however he reached a buyout settlement with Detroit earlier this month and went to the contending Nets. The Pistons performed a tribute video for him throughout a first-half timeout, and he stood to acknowledge the small variety of followers in attendance.
Make no mistake, although: Griffin was an opponent. Within the second quarter, Detroit rookie Isaiah Stewart appeared to provide Griffin a shot to the top together with his arm. After a prolonged overview, Griffin acquired a technical foul — and Stewart was referred to as for a flagrant foul and ejected.
The sport was tied at 82 within the fourth when Griffin made a 3-pointer that began a 10-0 run for the Nets. An alley-oop dunk by Griffin made it 100-90.
The Pistons fought again to tie it at 106 earlier than Harden’s three-point play put Brooklyn again forward. A 3-pointer by Jeff Inexperienced made it 112-107.
The Nets had the ball up by two with 4.5 seconds left, however Detroit’s Saddiq Bey intercepted Inexperienced’s inbound move, and the Pistons referred to as a timeout with 3.3 seconds to play.
Cory Joseph’s driving try missed, and it might not have crushed the buzzer anyway.
Along with the dustup between Stewart and Griffin, 5 different gamers had been referred to as for technical fouls: Wayne Ellington and Hamidou Diallo for Detroit, and DeAndre Jordan, Inexperienced and Harden for Brooklyn. Inexperienced’s was for defensive three seconds.
Joseph and Diallo, each of whom had been acquired by the Pistons in latest trades, made their debuts for Detroit. Joseph had 9 factors and Diallo six.
Nets: Jordan had 10 factors and 9 rebounds. … Harden’s 44 factors had been essentially the most by a Brooklyn participant this season.
Pistons: G Rodney McGruder began for simply the second time this season after Detroit traded Delon Wright within the deal for Joseph. … The Pistons went 34 for 47 on free throws.
Nets: Host Minnesota on Monday evening. The Timberwolves beat Brooklyn twice final season, each occasions in additional time.
Pistons: Go to Washington on Saturday evening. The Wizards went 3-1 towards Detroit final season.