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Lopez shines in another Nets loss, 105-100

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He may not have been selected for the All-Star Game, but Brook Lopez has been proving the voters wrong.

After averaging 26 points, 10.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks in four games last week, Lopez followed up with a 27-point performance in a 105-100 loss to Andre Drummond and the Detroit Pistons, Monday night in Brooklyn.

If you want to know the main reason why Brook Lopez was snubbed from the All-Star Game, this game was the perfect epitome. He continues to shine, but the Nets keep losing.

The Nets fell to 12-37 on the season behind a big performance from Andre Drummond, who notched his 40th double double of the season with 21 points and 18 rebounds. Ultimately, it was the balanced attack from Detroit and some late-game blunders from the Nets.

Sound familiar?

One major point of criticism with the Nets has been the bench. As John Schuhmann tweeted, since Tony Brown took over, the starters are a plus-22 but the team is 2-9 in 11 games. Most notably, the reserves combined for two points just two games ago in Dallas. But that wasn't the case on Monday.

The bench scored 20 points in the first half alone and propelled the Nets to a three-point halftime lead. It wasn't much of a lead, but it was good to see them help Brook Lopez carry the weight.

But then the Nets began to look like the Nets we're used to.

In the third quarter, Andre Drummond went off for 10 point and eight rebounds and led Detroit on a big 17-2 run to gain a 10-point lead. Still, the Nets, behind Shane Larkin's lead, fought their way back into the game and trailed by three heading into the fourth quarter.

Larkin notched a career-high 14 assists and kept Brooklyn afloat in the fourth quarter. He, along with Bargnani (18 points) carried the scoring load for Brooklyn early in the fourth and they even regained the lead as the teams began to exchange buckets down the stretch.

The Nets trailed by two with a minute remaining. Some rather questionable decisions were made, such as Shane Larkin being taken out at the 6:39 mark and not returning until under a minute. Then, Andrea Bargnani was subbed in for Thaddeus Young, which makes sense considering the big offensive game, but on a defensive possession?

The Pistons immediately scored and it was a four-point game. The Nets attempted a three-pointer with 14 seconds remaining, but Andre Drummond blocked Wayne Ellington's shot and the game was over.

Detroit finished the game on a 10-2 run and Lopez didn't touch the ball in the final minute of the game. In the final six minutes of the fourth, Lopez touched the ball two times. He scored 5 points on those two touches.

That folks, is how you'll lose a close game.

Brooklyn's bench chipped in 46 points in a game where the starters really struggled. Other than Lopez and Wayne Ellington, Thaddeus Young, Joe Johnson and Donald Sloan struggled on a combined 6-of-19 shooting.

Meanwhile, Detroit's entire starting lineup finished in double figures, led by Drummond, Reggie Jackson (19 points) and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (16 points).

Next up: Indiana Pacers on Wednesday, 7:30 pm.

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