The Brooklyn Nets won their second game of the season on Wednesday night against the Detroit Pistons at the Barclays Center. The Nets had an explosive first half and just hold on for the 109-101 win but they also lost Jeremy Lin to an injury.
Lin left the game in the second quarter after sustaining a strained left hamstring and he did not return to finish the game, per CBS Sports. He had 10 points, two rebounds and four assists in 15 minutes. Sean Kilpatrick benefited the most in his absence.
Replacing Jeremy Lin, Kilpatrick exploded with 24 points off the bench along with ten rebounds, three assists and two steals. Brook Lopez led the way with 34 points, 11 rebounds, an assist and one block. Two more players, Bojan Bogdanovic and Justin Hamilton, scored in double figures to help the Nets win.
On the other hand, Andre Drummond was outplayed by Lopez as he only posted six points, six rebounds, four assists and two blocks. Tobias Harris and Marcus Morris picked up the slack as they both scored 23 points and grabbed four rebounds each.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope added 15 points, five rebounds, seven assists and four steals while Jon Leuer and Beno Udrih combined for 21 points off the bench. The loss to the Nets puts the Pistons record 3-2 while Brooklyn are 2-3.
The Nets scored a season-high 71 points in the first half as they had a 16-point lead heading into the break. However, the Pistons cut into the lead in the fourth quarter as they got as close to five with 1:34 remaining but the Nets managed to hold on for the win despite the absence of Jeremy Lin.
The Pistons’ next game will be at home on Saturday at The Palace of Auburn Hills against the Denver Nuggets. The Nets, on the other hand, continue their homestand on Friday as they host the Charlotte Hornets at the Barclays Center.
As for Jeremy Lin, he has a couple of days to get ready to face his former team. There are no immediate updates on his condition but he will undergo testing on Thursday to evaluate the severity of his strained hamstring.
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