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Nets Lose Late to Pistons

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Devin Harris played perhaps his best game of the season, but his last-minute three-point attempt to tie Tuesday's game against the Pistons was well short. As a result, the Nets lost their third straight game by four points or less. Harris scored 24 points and handed out 14 assists, Brook Lopez led the Nets with 27 points, and Kris Humphries just missed a double-double, grabbing 12 boards and scoring nine. Courtney Lee had a hot hand and finished with 15 points and three steals. Yi Jianlian, on the other hand, had his worst game, going 1-12 and scoring only three points. Harris returned to the lineup after a four-game absence and had 12 points and eight assists by halftime, as the Nets scored 29 points in the first quarter and led by as many as seven in the second. But the Pistons outscored them 28-19 in the third to take the lead. From that point, it was back-and-forth until Tayshaun Prince dunked over Jarvis Hayes on a perfectly played inbound pass. Rip Hamilton had 22 and Rodney Stuckey 21 for Detroit.