For the second time this season, the Pistons took advantage of Lopez's absence and dominated the Nets inside in a 103-99 victory Friday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills.
As a result, Brooklyn's three-game winning streak came to an end.
WHAT IT MEANS: The Nets (8-15) might be able to overcome injuries to most of their roster -- just not Lopez or Deron Williams. Lopez was out -- missing his eighth game of the season overall -- due to a re-sprained left ankle, and the Pistons had a field day on the interior as a result, scoring 60 points in the paint.
Drummond had 22 points and 13 rebounds, while Monroe added 22 points and 11 rebounds. The Pistons (11-13) shot 47 percent from the field. The Nets are 0-11 when giving up more than 100 points.
Williams was solid again for the Nets (22 points, 9 assists), but he had little help. Brooklyn looked very much like a team that got into town late and was playing the second half of a back-to-back. The Nets trailed by as many as 21. They played inspired basketball late -- getting within two -- but needed to do so a lot earlier.
Andray Blatche had his first set of back-to-back 20-point games as a Net (105 games), while Mirza Teletovic drained a career-high five 3-pointers. Blatche missed two huge free throws with 1:38 left that would've drawn the Nets within three.
It was 100-96 with 24 seconds left when Brandon Jennings fouled Williams from behind. But the referees missed the call and the ball went off D-Will and out of bounds.
The second quarter was a disaster. The Nets were outscored by the Pistons 38-20 in the frame and had six turnovers. They trailed by 17 at the half.
Their three-game, third-quarter winning streak also came to an end at three (25-24).
Kevin Garnett became the 10th player in NBA history to record 14,000 rebounds.
UP NEXT: An off day Saturday followed by practice Sunday