East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - Brook Lopez and Yi Jianlian each netted career-highs with 37 and 31 points, respectively, as the Nets took down the Pistons, 118-110, for their first winning streak this season.
"Regardless of runs the other team makes, we continue to fight it out," said Lopez. "It picks everyone up."
The Nets (9-63) shot a season-high 57.1 percent from the field and need just one win in their final 10 games to avoid tying the 1972-73 Sixers for the worst record in NBA history.
Tayshaun Prince finished with 27 points, eight rebounds and seven assists as the Pistons dropped their seventh game in a row, and lost in New Jersey for just the seventh time in their last 19 appearances.
"It's disappointing to score that many points and we can't allow them to score the way they did," said Pistons coach John Kuester. "Our intensity was good. I thought we had guys playing hard, but Lopez and Yi ended up hurting us a lot."
The Nets took a three-point advantage into the final quarter, but Rodney Stuckey immediately hit a layup for the Pistons. The Nets then scored the next six points and later extended the margin to nine on a pair of Lopez free throws with nine minutes left.
The Pistons cut the deficit to 98-93, but a Keyon Dooling triple, one free throw from Kris Humphries and a Lopez off-balance jumper in the lane gave the Nets some breathing room at 104-93 with under four minutes to go.
Consecutive three-pointers from Prince and Richard Hamilton pulled the Pistons within 107-101. Then, a fastbreak dunk by Prince trimmed the edge to 109-105 with 56.3 seconds remaining. But a pair of Terrence Williams and Dooling free throws pushed the Nets up eight with 34.3 seconds left to seal the win.
The Pistons jumped out to a 30-24 edge after one quarter, converting on 66.7 percent of their field goals. Both teams scored 23 points in the second quarter as Detroit entered the locker room with the 53-47 advantage.
New Jersey pulled within one at 53-52 on a Yi jumper with 9:44 left and took its first lead of the game at 57-56 after a Courtney Lee driving finger roll. The Nets stretched the lead to as many as five before ending the quarter up 80-77, after making 60.9 percent of their shots in that period.
New Jersey's 117 points and 30 assists were season-highs...The Pistons won the season series 2-1...Lopez finished with 10 rebounds and Williams added 13 points, eight assists and six rebounds off the bench...Hamilton had 18 points and Jason Maxiell chipped in 13 and 11 rebounds for the Pistons...The Nets scored 38 points in the fourth quarter.