Backups lift Pistons to win over Nets

Brooklyn Nets guard Wayne Ellington (21) reaches around Detroit Pistons forward Marcus Morris during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, March 19, 2016, in Auburn Hills, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Anthony Tolliver scored all 17 of his points in the second half and Aron Baynes scored 17 of his 21 in the fourth quarter to lift the Detroit Pistons to a 115-103 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday night.

The Pistons trailed by six in the third and were in danger of what would have been a terrible home loss, but they were eventually able to take advantage of Brook Lopez’s absence. The Brooklyn big man missed the game with a virus.

Tolliver helped turn the game around after not playing at all in the first half. He made four 3-pointers and matched his season high in scoring. Baynes, another Detroit backup, set a career high thanks to his big fourth quarter.

Thaddeus Young scored 24 points for the Nets. Brooklyn has lost eight of 10.

Tolliver entered with 4:50 left in the third quarter, and a few seconds later, Brooklyn’s Bojan Bogdanovic made a jumper to cap a 13-0 run and give the Nets a 71-65 lead.

Andre Drummond answered with a dunk for Detroit, and the game was tied at 77 at the end of the third. The Pistons then started the fourth with a 16-4 run, and a 3-pointer by Tolliver put Detroit up 93-81.

Lopez’s absence was eventually felt inside. Drummond had 16 points and nine rebounds, and Baynes helped Detroit close the game out in the fourth.

The Pistons came into the game in a virtual tie with Chicago for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.


Nets: Bogdanovic scored 19 points.

Pistons: Baynes’ previous career high was 18 points. … Detroit had 30 assists and eight turnovers. … Reggie Jackson had 14 points and Tobias Harris added 13.


Nets: Host Charlotte on Tuesday night.

Pistons: Host Milwaukee on Monday night.

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