The Brooklyn Nets blew a pair of double-digit leads, but hung on in overtime for a 110-108 preseason victory Monday night over the Detroit Pistons. Here are 5 takeaways.
D’Angelo Russell scored 20 of his game-high 25 points after halftime Monday night and the Brooklyn Nets, after scoring eight points on their first three possessions in overtime, hung on for a 110-108 preseason victory over the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena.
Russell heated up after hitting just 2-of-7 shots in the first half, going 8-for-15 the rest of the way and canning five 3-pointers — four after the break — to carry the offensive load for the Nets, who let a pair of double-digit leads slip away and had to survive some dicey possessions late in the OT.
Caris LeVert had another strong game for the Nets (1-1), finishing with 17 points, nine rebounds and eight assists, although he did have six of Brooklyn’s 20 turnovers on the night.
Jarrett Allen bounced back from a poor performance in the preseason opener Wednesday night against the New York Knicks with a solid game, finishing with 17 points, nine boards and four blocks.
Two of those blocks came on back-to-back shots in the third quarter and one was a rejection of a Blake Griffin dunk in the first quarter that may have been the highlight of the night.
Russell hit his lone 3 of the first half following the blocked dunk, part of a 7-0 run as the Nets took an early lead.
One down note for Brooklyn was losing shooting guard Allen Crabbe to a sprained left ankle just 2:46 into the game. He rolled the ankle while trying to close out on Detroit’s Reggie Bullock. Crabbe was helped off the floor and did not return.
The Nets reported later that X-rays on the ankle were negative.
Rookie Dzanan Musa saw his first action for the Nets, playing 11 minutes in the second half and finishing with two points, two rebounds and a block — and perhaps some body bruising after running into a pick by Zaza Pachulia.
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For the second straight game, the Nets were without Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (strained left adductor), Shabazz Napier (strained right hamstring), Alan Williams (sprained left ankle) and Mitch Creek (strained right adductor).
Kenneth Faried was cleared to play and was expected to do so after sitting out Wednesday’s game against the Knicks with a right ankle injury, but Faried took an DNP, as did rookies Jordan McLaughlin, Nuni Omot and Theo Pinson.
Langston Galloway provided a spark for the Pistons off the bench with a team-high 24 points. Griffin finished with 17 points, Bullock had 14 and Drummond finished with 14 points, 10 rebounds and four steals, but was just 6-for-21 on the night.
Ish Smith added 10 assists and two blocks for Detroit.
The Pistons host the Washington Wizards (2-1) on Wednesday night. Washington beat the Knicks in New York Monday night, 110-98.
For the Nets, they head to Montreal to face the Toronto Raptors (2-1), also on Wednesday, at 7 p.m. Eastern. The Raptors haven’t played since a 120-82 win Friday over Melbourne United of Australia’s National Basketball League at Toronto.
Here are five takeaways from the Nets’ overtime win.