The Skinny: The Nets? regular starters started this one and looked rusty after having Monday night off. Brooklyn opened the game on a 4-of-14 shooting clip, which allowed the Pistons to take the early lead, but back-to-back dunks from Gerald Wallace put the Nets ahead. From there, the Nets went on a 16-2 run to close the opening frame leading by 11.
Andray Blatche scored eight points in less than four minutes to start the second quarter, allowing Brooklyn to maintain its double-digit lead. Will Bynum caught fire for Detroit, scoring 13 points in the quarter, to cut the deficit to seven. But Mirza Teletovic answered with back-to-back three-pointers, and the Nets led by 12 at the break.