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Eight Is Enough As Nets Hang On To Beat Pistons

Eight healthy Nets were enough to beat Lawrence Franks's Pistons on Wednesday. It got uncomfortable at the end, but the Nets picked up their third home win of the season, a 99-96 victory.

The game was tied after the first quarter, but the Nets outscored the Pistons 26-15 in the second. They led by as many as 12 midway through the third, but the Pistons came all the way back and took a brief lead late in the period. The game was tied midway through the fourth when the Nets took control with a 7-1 run. Then Detroit cut the lead back down to two in the final minute and had a chance to tie or take the lead. After Tayshaun Prince missed a turnaround jumper, Sundiata Gaines hit one of two at the line with 1.8 seconds left, leaving the door open. But Brandon Knight's game-tying three was off the mark (and late).

The Nets shot 48 percent from the field and outrebounded the Pistons 44-31. Deron Williams led the way with 26 points and nine assists, hitting 12 of his 21 shots. Kris Humphries added 18 points and eight rebounds, Jordan Farmar scored 15 points in his first start, and Shelden Williams grabbed 11 boards.