Published: Mon, January 22, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

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D'Angelo Russell Cleared to Play for First Time Since Nov. 10

"I've kind of tiptoed around it. Let's just be real here".

Dinwiddie then explained that the result obviously has bigger implications, but then repeated the same question again for emphasis. "That was big, and it is what you need to do to win games like this".

Dinwiddie had 22 points and shot 9-for-13 to lead the Nets (18-26), who got 21 points from Hollis-Jefferson and 16 from DeMarre Carroll. Carroll helped Brooklyn slice the deficit with seven points in the third quarter.

Drummond picked up his fourth foul early in the third quarter, sending him back to the bench. That's a testament to just how effective Brooklyn was in slowing down the Pistons' star. Jonas Valanciunas had 15 points and 11 rebounds as the Raptors improved to 17-3 at home, the second-best home record in the National Basketball Association behind San Antonio's mark of 19-2. The Nets went small and did not have a big body on Drummond. "I wasn't sure we had the poise and understanding to get a win like this". "We made it a focal point when he were getting rebounds, everyone was coming back and trying to get a piece of him", Joe Harris explained. The team showed a video tribute between the first and second quarters.

It was the first time this season, Whiteside scored 20 or more points in consecutive games. The point guard's heroics in crunch time were crucial for the Nets as he hit two go ahead baskets in the final three minutes of the game before his victor.

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This was Dinwiddie's second game-winner of the season.

LeVert's 3 pointer with 8:57 left in the fourth quarter gave Brooklyn a 79-77 advantage, its first lead since the first quarter, and the Nets went on from there to pull off the upset.

"It was a situation where Spencer was looking for more of an opportunity", Van Gundy said before the game. "We were playing a really good team on their floor, but we trusted Spencer to make that last play". Dinwiddie made his way to the paint, got the up-and-under to go down through traffic with 0.9 left on the clock. "I loved my time here [in Detroit], but obviously for the betterment of my career, I needed to move on". With a sly smile, he added, "No hard feelings, especially after a win".

Hollis-Jefferson is the Swiss Army Knife of the Nets - he can do a little of everything. The Pistons scored 24 points off the Nets' 15 turnovers, which almost proved to be costly when Detroit came to within one point of the Nets in the fourth quarter. "At the end of the day, this is a player's game". That confidence rolled over into the game.

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