Feb 7, 2014; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Detroit Pistons small forward Josh Smith (6) receives congratulations from center Andre Drummond (0) after scoring in the first half against the Brooklyn Nets at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Nets at Pistons final score: Detroit explodes past Brooklyn 111-95

When the Detroit Pistons have it going, it is easy to see why Joe Dumars put this particular roster together in the 2013 off-season, and Friday night was a perfect example of what they can look like when everything is clicking. The (currently) lottery-bound Pistons absolutely drubbed the resurgent Brooklyn Nets, 111-95, and frankly, it wasn’t as close as the score indicated.

2nd-year man-child Andre Drummond scored 16 points and grabbed an incredible 22(!) rebounds to lead the way for Detroit, and point guard Brandon Jennings nearly put up a triple-double with 26 points (on 8-13 FG), 10 rebounds, and 9 assists. Drummond was the single biggest reason that Detroit was able to dominate the glass by a 57-40 margin, but his all-court game was utterly dominant, and he flashed the Dwight Howard-like upside that many have branded him with in the early stages of his career.

Outside of Drummond and Jennings, though, there was little drop-off, as it was a rare, across-the-board showing from Detroit. Much-maligned forward Josh Smith had a big night with 23 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists, and 4 blocked shots (his best game in weeks), and even Greg Monroe (12 points, 7 rebounds, 2 steals) had a nice night in support.

Brooklyn came into the game red-hot, but their talent disadvantage was evident from the opening tip. The Nets have been surging behind the use of Kevin Garnett at the center spot with a “small-ball” feel, but that strategy had no chance against the much bigger Pistons, and they were run out of the gym in short order.

Even after Friday’s game, the Nets have a 2.5-game lead over the Pistons in the standings, but if any outsider watched this particular match-up, that difference would have been anything but evident.

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