Reggie Jackson scored 29 points, Stanley Johnson had 17, and the Detroit Pistons preserved their slim playoff hopes with a 108-96 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday night.
Detroit, playing its third straight game without injured All-Star forward Blake Griffin, avoided elimination from postseason contention for at least one game. Griffin, acquired Jan. 30 from the Los Angeles Clippers, suffered a bone bruise in his right ankle during last Monday's win over the Lakers.
Ish Smith had 17 points and Andre Drummond added 13 points and 14 rebounds for the Pistons, who have now won five straight for the third time this season.
The Pistons are four games behind Miami - which holds the eighth and last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference - with five games remaining for each team. The Pistons have not made the postseason since the 2016, when they got swept by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first round.
Brooklyn was led by reserve Joe Harris and Jarrett Allen, who each had 15 points. >> Read more
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The Nets face the Philadelphia 76ers on the road Tuesday at 7 p.m.