The Brooklyn Nets bounced back from a terrible showing in Boston with a great showing in Detroit, evening their record at 1-1 with a 102-90 victory over the Detroit Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills. It was Lionel Hollins’ first win as Nets coach.
Player of the game: Joe Johnson went off -- scoring 34 points, grabbing eight rebounds and dishing out seven assists. Kevin Garnett played his best game in a Brooklyn uniform, posting 18 points and 14 rebounds in 35 minutes. It was his most points in a game as a Net, and he equaled his most rebounds while wearing black and white.
Stat of the game: The Nets had 21 turnovers in their season opener. They had only eight on Saturday. Brooklyn was outscored in the paint by an average of 18.5 points and outrebounded by an average of 12.8 boards against Detroit last season. On Saturday? The Nets came out on top in both categories -- the Nets had a 48-46 edge in points in the paint and a 48-41 advantage on the boards.
Turning point: The Nets started the fourth quarter 1-for-8 before Johnson hit four straight baskets to give his team some breathing room. He had 15 points in the final period.
Cause for concern? Deron Williams is 13-for-35 from the field and 1-for-8 from 3-point range this season. It's been only two games, but still.
Play of the game: Erratic Pistons point guard Brandon Jennings fooled both Garnett and Williams in getting a scoop layup to drop with a nifty ball-fake in the first quarter.
Up next: The Nets face the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday in their home opener at Barclays Center.