The Pistons may have gottent the best of the Nets earlier this season, but one of their former draftees, Nets SG Spencer Dinwiddie, wanted some revenge this time around.
The Nets were down one with 4.7 seconds left on the clock when Dinwiddie took the inbound, dribbled around PG Ish Smith, and managed to toss a fadeaway floater over C Andre Drummond with just enough time left to give Brooklyn a 101-100 lead. It was only right that Dinwiddie, who was drafted by the Pistons 38th overall back in 2014, put the dagger in Detroit on the road.
"It meant a lot to be here, hit that big shot. He looked at that whole Detroit Arena -- everyone in the arena -- he looked at when he made it. Great feeling for him," Rondae Hollis-Jefferson told The Post's Brian Lewis.
Just how great did it feel for Dinwiddie?
"Let's just be real here. I start my careeer off here, for lack of a better word I was essentially cut. So how would y'all feel?" he asked following a performance that saw a game-high 22 points to go along with four rebounds and five assists.
Dinwiddie, however, knew that his statement shot was for his team, not to prove a point to his former team.
"It was bigger than me obviously. We're a young team to continue to build off these types of wins, get wins in opponents' arenas, win on the road, close out games, when they make a push to get stops. So it's much, much bigger than me. But if you're talking about how I personally feel, how would y'all feel?"
As a team, the Nets got revenge after an earlier meeting this season ended in a 114-80 rout of Brooklyn on their home court. Head coach Kenny Atkinson has seen the growth in his roster since that matchup, and admitted his team wouldn't have pulled off a win like this back then.
"I'm not sure two months ago we get this win. I'm not sure we had the poise and the understanding to get a win liek this," Atkinson said. "We've been in some close games that we haven't pulled out. It's a credit to the players. There's growth there.
"Your old team [always means more]. The other one is these guys beat us by 50 or whatever they beat us by at home. There's a certain pride you have to have not to let that happen again. So, it's nice to come back on the road and get it back."