The Pistons lost this game in the second quarter.
Building a 13-point, second-quarter lead while Brooklyn appeared disinterested, the Pistons allowed the Nets to finish the first half with a 7-0 spurt, which eventually cost Detroit in a 93-90 loss Wednesday night at the Palace.
The Pistons' rotation was minus Andre Drummond, who left the game in the second quarter with a sore back. He suffered the injury Sunday against the Los Angeles Lakers.
Brooklyn outscored Detroit, 29-27, in the third after taking a brief lead and scored the first five points of the fourth to take a 74-73 lead.
With Brooklyn (29-20) into the fray, the lead went back-and-forth for most of the fourth quarter until four straight points by Deron Williams gave the Nets an 86-83 lead that the Pistons (18-32) were never able to overcome.
"I didn't think we closed the first or second quarter well," said coach Lawrence Frank. "We lost our defensive focus and energy. They got some offensive rebounds and loose balls, and all of a sudden that 13-point lead shrunk."
It was the 12th time this season the Pistons blew a double-digit lead.
New Pistons point guard Jose Calderon finished with nine assists and eight points.
With Brandon Knight playing the two-guard spot, he faced All-Star Joe Johnson.
The Pistons jumped out to a 19-9 lead, making eight of their first 15 shots.
However, by the end of the first quarter, the Nets had trimmed the deficit to 24-23 thanks to five turnovers by Detroit.
Rookie Slava Kravtsov took Drummond's minutes, and the Pistons' second unit didn't miss the rookie center early as the lead swelled to 34-25.
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