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Jennings, Pistons take care of Nets

Auburn Hills, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Brandon Jennings flirted with a triple- double on Friday, posting 26 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists, as the Detroit Pistons pounded the Brooklyn Nets, 111-95, at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

Josh Smith stuffed the stat sheet as well, racking up 23 points, eight boards and seven assists for the Pistons, who snapped a two-game slide and beat Brooklyn for the third time this season.

Andre Drummond notched a 16-point, 22-board double-double, Kyle Singler scored 16 and Rodney Stuckey supplied 14 points in the triumph.

"We've been talking about trying to use him wisely," Pistons head coach Maurice Cheeks said of Drummond. "He's been very energetic. Obviously getting 22 rebounds and running the floor, getting up and down the floor and blocking a few more shots."

Jason Terry paced Brooklyn with 18 points, while Joe Johnson netted 16 points for the Nets, who had won two straight.

Paul Pierce's driving layup pulled the Nets within 17-14 with 4:02 left in the first, but Brooklyn went the rest of the quarter without a field goal, allowing Detroit to close the stanza on a 13-3 run.

The Pistons' push continued in the second, as Detroit tallied the first seven points of the period to build a 37-17 lead under two minutes into the quarter.

Andrei Kirilenko's tip-in finally quelled Brooklyn's field-goal drought with 10:04 on the clock, but a Chauncey Billups jumper just over two minutes later found the difference back up to 20.

Detroit carried a 67-44 cushion into the locker room and pushed the margin as high as 29 in the third before taking a 96-73 lead into the fourth.

Despite shooting a woeful 5-of-18 (27.8 percent) over the final 12 minutes, the Pistons were able to hang on for the victory.

"The guys kept playing," Nets head coach Jason Kidd said of his team battling despite being down double digits for the majority of the second half. "The guys who were out there playing continued to execute. We got some stops finally, but the big thing is that we continued to play."

Game Notes

Jennings' 10 rebounds were a season high, while Drummond's 22 boards set a career high for the second-year big man ... Billups finished with two points in his first game since Jan. 10 ... Brooklyn fell to 8-15 on the road, while the Pistons improved to 10-15 at home this season ... Detroit won the rebounding battle, 57-40, and outscored Brooklyn 52-38 in the paint ... Detroit's Kyle Singler scored 16 points, while Brooklyn's Miles Plumlee netted 13 points and grabbed eight boards.

02/07 23:55:41 ET

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Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 34 .585 --- 26-15 22-19 32-20 L 1
x-Brooklyn 44 38 .537 4 28-13 16-25 26-26 L 2
New York 37 45 .451 11 19-22 18-23 26-26 W 4
Boston 25 57 .305 23 16-25 9-32 21-31 L 2
Philadelphia 19 63 .232 29 10-31 9-32 14-38 W 2
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 56 26 .683 --- 35-6 21-20 38-14 W 2
x-Chicago 48 34 .585 8 27-14 21-20 35-17 L 1
Cleveland 33 49 .402 23 19-22 14-27 21-31 W 1
Detroit 29 53 .354 27 17-24 12-29 23-29 L 4
Milwaukee 15 67 .183 41 10-31 5-36 12-40 L 3
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 28 .659 --- 32-9 22-19 34-18 L 3
x-Washington 44 38 .537 10 22-19 22-19 33-19 W 4
x-Charlotte 43 39 .524 11 25-16 18-23 30-22 W 3
x-Atlanta 38 44 .463 16 24-17 14-27 28-24 W 1
Orlando 23 59 .280 31 19-22 4-37 17-35 L 4
 
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y= clinched division title
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Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 59 23 .720 --- 34-7 25-16 36-16 W 1
x-Portland 54 28 .659 5 31-10 23-18 31-21 W 5
Minnesota 40 42 .488 19 24-17 16-25 23-29 L 3
Denver 36 46 .439 23 22-19 14-27 20-32 L 2
Utah 25 57 .305 34 16-25 9-32 13-39 W 1
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 25 .695 --- 34-7 23-18 36-16 L 1
x-Golden State 51 31 .622 6 27-14 24-17 31-21 W 2
Phoenix 48 34 .585 9 26-15 22-19 28-24 W 1
Sacramento 28 54 .341 29 17-24 11-30 15-37 L 1
LA Lakers 27 55 .329 30 14-27 13-28 15-37 W 2
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 20 .756 --- 32-9 30-11 38-14 L 2
x-Houston 54 28 .659 8 33-8 21-20 31-21 L 1
x-Memphis 50 32 .610 12 27-14 23-18 29-23 W 5
x-Dallas 49 33 .598 13 26-15 23-18 29-23 L 1
New Orleans 34 48 .415 28 22-19 12-29 15-37 W 2
 
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y= clinched division title
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