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Johnson leads Nets past Pistons

Nov 2, 2014 - 2:35 AM Auburn Hills, MI ( - Joe Johnson scored 15 of his 34 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Brooklyn Nets to a 102-90 win over the Detroit Pistons on Saturday.

Kevin Garnett contributed an 18-point, 14-rebound double-double and Deron Williams added 15 points with six assists for the Nets, who helped head coach Lionel Hollins to his first win at the helm.

"It was a big win. To be 1-1 is definitely better than being 0-2," said Hollins. "I would have been proud of us the way we played tonight even if it didn't turn out that way."

Greg Monroe netted 18 points with 11 rebounds in his return from a two-game suspension and Brandon Jennings tallied 18 with nine assists for Detroit, which has opened the season with three straight losses.

Josh Smith and Andre Drummond each totaled 14 points in the setback.

"I said it to the players after the game, this is as much on me as on them if not more so," Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said. "I couldn't find any answers at either end."

Johnson's 15-point outburst came during a 17-2 run in the fourth quarter.

Caron Butler was fouled shooting a 3-pointer and made the subsequent free throws for an 84-83 Pistons lead.

Just over a minute later, Johnson's driving layup started the flurry. He then nailed a 3-pointer and followed that with another jumper. Kentavious Caldwell- Pope's jumper cut the deficit to 90-86, but Johnson scored eight of the next 10 to secure the victory.

Brooklyn led 33-25 after 12 minutes of play, and a 10-0 run late in the second helped it to a 59-47 advantage at the half.

Smith converted a hook shot with under two minutes to play in the third to jumpstart a 14-2 run that spilled into the fourth and was capped by Butler's free throws.

Game Notes

Brook Lopez (sprained foot) missed his second straight contest to open the season ... Detroit had won 15 of the last 18 at home against the Nets entering Saturday ... Brooklyn outrebounded the Pistons 48-41, and limited them to 1- for-17 shooting from beyond the arc.