In the new era of Nets basketball with Russian billionaire owner Mikhail Prokhorov at the helm and Avery Johnson as head coach, the New Jersey Nets secured some clutch baskets to pull out a 101-98 victory over the Detroit Pistons. Last season, it took the Nets an NBA record 19 games before they won their first game. This time around? Just one game. Now, just 11 more wins over the next 81 games will tie last season's futility mark.
Brook Lopez led the way with 25 points and nine rebounds, while Devin Harris chipped in 22 points and nine assists. Three offseason acquisitions started for New Jersey- veteran Joe Smith, Travis Outlaw and Anthony Morrow who drilled a huge three in the final minute of play to put the Nets up for good.
Although Detroit had six scorers in double figures, none had more than 14; Charlie Villanueva, Rodney Stuckey and Tayshaun Prince all paced the team with 14 points.