Hamilton, Pistons edge hapless Nets
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - Richard Hamilton ended with 22 points and seven assists, and Rodney Stuckey had 21 and eight, helping Detroit pull out a 97-93 victory over New Jersey.
Tayshaun Prince logged 15 points and eight rebounds and hit the go-ahead basket in the final minute for Detroit, which came in with the second worst record in the Eastern Conference and won its first game in six tries.
"It feels good. We played well," Prince said. "We were able to get some defensive stops late in the game and were able to make crucial offensive plays."
Devin Harris returned from a four-game absence due to a sprained right wrist and recorded 24 points and 14 assists for the Nets, losers in 14 of their last 15 overall. Brook Lopez chipped in 27 points and seven boards, while Courtney Lee scored 15 points for the league's bottom dwellers.
Harris hit five free throws during a personal 7-0 run early in the fourth to put the Nets on top 83-79 with seven minutes remaining.
The Nets continued to lead until a Hamilton bucket tied things at 91-all with 1:23 to play.
Prince's slam off an inbounds pass from under his own basket gave the Pistons the lead for good with 45.4 seconds left, as Lee and Harris each missed three- pointers in the final minute to fall short yet again.
"I like the way we're playing for the first 45 minutes, but we have to really focus on those last three minutes of the game," Harris said.
The Nets were on top 29-24 after the first quarter and led throughout the second, taking a 48-43 lead into the locker room.
Detroit got going in the third, as Jason Maxiell's three-point play capped an 8-0 run for a 54-53 lead. Hamilton's three and a Prince layup late in the frame gave the Pistons a 71-67 edge going to the fourth.
Detroit's Ben Wallace became the 17th player -- and first listed as small as 6-foot-9 -- in NBA history to log 2,000 career blocks when he swatted a Harris attempt in the first quarter...Kris Humphries had nine points and a game-high 12 rebounds for the Nets...After the game, Nets assistant coach Del Harris resigned from his position with the team.