The Brooklyn Nets have been on the wrong end of some close games this season, including a three-point loss to the Pistons in the season opener in Detroit.
On Wednesday night, they once again found themselves in a tight game down the stretch with the Pistons, this time on their home floor in Brooklyn. The Nets trailed by as many as nine in the fourth quarter, but Spencer Dinwiddie wouldn’t let them go down without a fight.
Dinwiddie had 17 points in the final quarter and overtime, hitting clutch shots late to keep the Nets in the game, including a deep three-pointer out of a timeout on a beautifully executed elevators play at the top of the key.
The Pistons were unable to convert on their final possession, sending the game into overtime. Detroit once again held a late lead before Dinwiddie found himself getting a switch onto Andre Drummond, who sank back and gave Dinwiddie space to drill what ended up being the game-winner.
Blake Griffin had a last second shot to tie it after he got switched onto Dinwiddie, but Dinwiddie was able to get a good contest on a fading midrange shot that bounced off the front iron.
Dinwiddie finished the game with 25 points off the bench to lead the Nets, who got 23 points from Joe Harris and 19 from Caris LeVert. The Pistons’ star frontcourt combined for 49 points, including some big Blake Griffin shots late and 23 boards from Drummond, but it wasn’t enough to put away Brooklyn.