Spencer Dinwiddie scored 19 points and the Nets routed the visiting Detroit Pistons, 103-75, on Monday night. With the win, the Nets moved into sixth place in the Eastern Conference.
Allen Crabbe finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds, Rodions Kurucs scored 13 points, and Joe Harris and Caris LeVert each added 12 as the Nets took control early in the game and never let up.
The Nets (36-33) won their fourth consecutive game and leapfrogged Detroit (34-32) into the No. 6 spot. It was the Nets’ final game before leaving for a seven-game road trip.
Andre Drummond led the Pistons with 13 points and 20 rebounds. Blake Griffin finished with 10 points, shooting just 1 of 10 from the field as Detroit was held to its lowest point total of the season. The Pistons had their five-game winning streak snapped.
The Nets were down by 5-4 early, then went on a 14-4 run and never trailed again. Kurucs started the streak with consecutive buckets and Crabbe scored eight of the next 10 as the Nets took early control.
The Nets led by 27-19 after the first quarter and by 61-35 at halftime.
The Pistons scored the first five points of the second half and eventually pulled within 63-45 but never got any closer.
The Nets increased their lead to 29 points before Langston Galloway’s deep buzzer-beating 3-pointer ended the third quarter with the Pistons trailing 88-62.
Detroit only managed to get as close as 21 points in the fourth quarter, and the Nets took their largest lead at 100-69.
CAVALIERS 126, RAPTORS 101 Collin Sexton scored 28 points, Kevin Love had 16 points and 18 rebounds, and host Cleveland routed Toronto.
It was a shocking loss for the Raptors and the game included both Toronto’s Serge Ibaka and Cleveland’s Marquese Chriss being ejected for fighting late in the third quarter. Ibaka had gone to the floor after the two players were battling for position under Cleveland’s basket as the Raptors attempted a full-court pass that sailed out of bounds.
Ibaka shoved Chriss from behind and grabbed near his neck before throwing a punch. Chriss responded with a punch before players from both teams separated the two. Ibaka immediately headed for the locker room and both players were kicked out after the officials conferred.
Kawhi Leonard scored 25 points for Toronto after sitting out Sunday’s victory in Miami, but his return didn’t help the Raptors, who have the league’s second-best record (48-20).
Cedi Osman scored 19 points and Ante Zizic had 17 for Cleveland (17-50), which placed six players in double figures.
Leonard was 11 of 19 from the field, but the Raptors only led briefly in the first half. Cleveland was ahead for most of the half and outscored Toronto by 32-22 in the third quarter.
Cleveland took command in the fourth and went ahead by 108-88 midway through the period. The Cavaliers build the lead to 27 points late in the game.
Kyle Lowry scored 14 points for the Raptors. Toronto trails Milwaukee by 2½ games for the best record in the league.
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