Nets beat Pistons, snap 5-game losing streak

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Devin Harris had 19 points and 11 assists, and the New Jersey Nets snapped a season-high, five-game losing streak with a 111-98 victory over the sluggish Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night.

Keyon Dooling, inserted into the starting lineup to give the team more life, scored 18 of his 23 points in the second half in helping the reeling Nets win for only the seventh time in 24 games. The point total matched his season high.

Richard Hamilton scored 29 points for the Pistons, who were playing their fourth game in five nights. They were also without Rasheed Wallace, who was suspended for picking up his 16th technical foul the night before.

Brook Lopez added 19 points, fellow rookie Ryan Anderson had 14 and Vince Carter 12 for New Jersey, which was embarrassed in losses to Minnesota and Milwaukee in its last two games.

The performances had many wondering whether the Nets had quit on coach Lawrence Frank.

Against the Pistons, that was never a concern.

Harris’ penetration and drives allowed New Jersey to score 56 points in the paint and shoot 51 percent from the field for the game.

The Nets never trailed after Harris scored five points and handed out two assists in a 16-5 run that gave them a 23-13 lead.

The margin was 11 at the half and it grew to 21 points in the fourth quarter when Dooling scored 13 points, shooting 5-of-6, including three 3-pointers.

Rodney Stuckey, Tayshaun Prince and Walter Herrmann scored 16 points for Detroit.

Allen Iverson, who complained about his minutes after playing 18 in the loss to Cleveland on Tuesday, played 17 against New Jersey. He scored four points on 1-of-8 shooting and handed out four assists, but at time he looked out of control, particularly in the second quarter.

Notes: The win was the Nets second in 10 games against Detroit.

… Frustrated after not getting a foul call early in the third quarter, Kwame Brown fouled Anderson at the other end and then was called for a technical for arguing the previous call. Brown was scoreless in 17 minutes. …The Nets’ lineup shuffle saw Dooling start for F Trenton Hassell. Carter moved to forward. The Nets’ season high for points in the paint was 60 against Toronto early in the season.

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