AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Point guard Brandon Jennings had 26 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists to lift the Detroit Pistons to a 111-95 win over the Brooklyn Nets on Friday night at The Palace.
Forward Josh Smith also approached a triple-double with 23 points, eight rebounds and seven assists as six Detroit players reached double figures. Swingman Kyle Singler contributed 16 points for the Pistons (20-29), who opened a five-game homestand with a resounding victory following two road losses.
Center Andre Drummond notched his Eastern Conference-leading 37th double-double with 16 points and a career-high 22 rebounds. Drummond matched Greg Monroe’s season total last season for the most Pistons double-doubles since the 2003-04 season.
Reserve guard Jason Terry’s season-high 18 points led the Nets (22-26), who had won two straight including a home victory over San Antonio on Thursday. Guard Joe Johnson added 16 points.
The Pistons had four players in double figures by halftime as they opened up a 67-44 lead. Smith had a huge first half, racking up 17 points, eight rebounds, four assists and two steals. He also initiated a rare five-point trip when he dunked after a Nets turnover and was flagrantly fouled by forward Mirza Teletovic.
Smith made the free throw and, after Detroit retained possession, Drummond dunked. That gave Detroit its first 20-point lead at 37-17. The advantage grew to 57-33 on a Smith three-point play.
Jennings scored 13 points during the third, as the Pistons led by as much as 29. Detroit only scored 15 points in the fourth but had enough of a cushion to maintain a comfortable lead.
NOTES: Nets F/C Kevin Garnett was rested on the second night of a back-to-back. The 19-year veteran has missed six games this season. … Pistons C Josh Harrellson (2.9 ppg) has a small tear of the meniscus in his left knee, an MRI revealed Friday. Harrellson, who has missed the last three games, will be re-evaluated after the All-Star break. … Nets coach Jason Kidd has used 19 lineups this season and 12 different players as starters. … SG Rodney Stuckey’s 14.0 points per game off the bench is the highest by a Pistons reserve since Vinnie Johnson averaged 15.6 ppg during the 1986-87 season. … Brooklyn had a 13-0 record when holding opponents below 95 points. … The teams complete the four-game season series at Brooklyn’s Barclay Center on April 4. … Pistons PG Chauncey Billups started the second quarter, his first appearance in 12 games. Billups, who rejoined the Pistons as a free agent during the summer after the club traded him in 2008, has played in just 19 games this season. … The Pistons’ 67 first-half points were three shy of their season high. They scored 70 by halftime against Philadelphia on Dec. 1.
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