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Nets Hang With Pistons, But Can't Finish

The Nets played one of their best games of the season, staying close with the best team in the Eastern Conference, but once again, they couldn't finish, falling to the Pistons in Detroit Tuesday night. The Pistons started out hot, shooting 12-of-20 and scoring 31 points (including 16 from Rasheed Wallace) in the first quarter. The Nets picked up the D after that and the game slowed down considerably. A 15-3 run in the third gave them their first lead of the game and they led by as many as 7 early in the fourth, but the game was tight down the stretch. After Richard Jefferson gave the Nets a one-point lead with 1-of-2 from the line and Wallace missed a turnaround, Jason Kidd missed a jumper and Chauncey Billups raced down the floor and drew a foul on Vince Carter with 7.2 seconds on the clock. He hit both free throws and then Carter missed a jumper on the other end after getting bumped by Rasheed Wallace. No foul was called and the Pistons ran the clock out. Carter led all scorers with 28 points, but shot just 6-of-17 from the floor. Josh Boone saw extensive playing time and responded with 6 points and 12 rebounds in 30 minutes, but fellow rookie Marcus Williams did not get off the bench for the first time this season, suffering from a sore lower back.