NBA Game Recap - Detroit at Brooklyn
Wed Jan 29, 2020 7:30 PM EST

CHI
106
IND
115
F(OT)
MEM
127
NY
106
F
DET
115
BKN
125
F
UTA
120
SA
127
F
OKC
120
SAC
100
F
HOU
112
POR
125
F

Brooklyn 125, Detroit 115

Jan 29, 2020, 7:30 PM EST

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Detroit (17-32)

30

38

25

22

115

Brooklyn (20-26)

32

38

29

26

125

Dinwiddie, emotional Irving lead Nets past Pistons, 125-115
Thu Jan 30, 2020 12:11 AM

NEW YORK (AP) It's only been a few days, not nearly enough for the players who were close with Kobe Bryant to get over his death.

Unlike Sunday, Kyrie Irving was at least able to take his grief onto the basketball court.

"I couldn't even come up with wanting to play that game," Irving said. "It was so heartbreaking, and it still is. I'm doing my best."

He scored 20 points in his return to the lineup Wednesday night, Spencer Dinwiddie scored 28 points in his first game with his new jersey number, and the Brooklyn Nets beat the Detroit Pistons 125-115.

Irving didn't play Sunday at New York after learning of Bryant's death, and Dinwiddie, a Los Angeles native, was in tears after that game talking about what the Lakers star meant to him.

"I think I had still the had the emotion but I'm not going to put all that on this situation," Dinwiddie said. "Our goal of our team is just to come together and try to progress throughout the season."

Dinwiddie changed his number from No. 8, one of the numbers Bryant wore, to No. 26 on Tuesday. He said he picked the number by adding his birthday, April 6, with his son Elijah's April 20.

Irving was friends with Bryant and appeared to be in tears during a pregame tribute to the superstar, when Bryant's numbers 8 and 24 were lit up on the court and on the overhead video screen that showed the longtime Lakers star's highlights.

The Nets left two seats open with flowers on them at Barclays Center in honor of Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, who were among the nine people killed in a helicopter crash Sunday. The pair sat in those seats near Brooklyn's bench for a Dec. 21 game against Atlanta. Gianna was a fan of the Hawks' Trae Young.

Reggie Jackson scored 23 points during one the best games of his injury-plagued season and Derrick Rose had 22 for the Pistons, who have lost four straight.

Pistons coach Dwane Casey was upset with the Pistons' poor starts to both halves and was particularly disappointed in rookie Sekou Doumbouya, who was scoreless in eight minutes.

"We've got to figure it out," Casey said. "We've got to figure out five or six or seven men that's going to come in and compete at a high level, no matter what your contract says. We've got to find them."

Dinwiddie had two 3-pointers and a couple other baskets during a 12-4 spurt early in the fourth quarter, turning a four-point lead into a 111-97 Brooklyn advantage.

Taurean Prince scored 22 points for the Nets, who won for just the second time in eight games, both against the Pistons. They won at Detroit in overtime Saturday behind 45 points from Irving.

The Nets raced to a 16-4 lead in less than five minutes, but Detroit cut it to 32-30 by the end of the first quarter. Jackson scored 14 points in the second and Dinwiddie had 12 as Brooklyn took a 70-68 lead to the half, tying its season high for points.

TIP-INS

Pistons: Rose, who missed Detroit's last game with knee soreness, had his 13th straight game with 20 or more points. ... Tony Snell returned after a three-game absence with an illness to score six points.

Nets: Starting guard Garrett Temple had to leave in the first half to get stitches above his left eye. ... The Nets hosted Chinese cultural night, with their starting lineup announced in Chinese. Brooklyn players wore red shooting shirts before the game with the name Bryant on the back.

NEW NUMBERS

The game featured two of the players who have changed uniform numbers that Bryant wore. Besides Dinwiddie, Detroit's Markieff Morris swapped No. 8 for No. 88. Neither team has a No. 24.

SEKOU'S STRUGGLES

Doumbouya was 0 for 2 and the Pistons were outscored by 20 points in his brief time on the floor.

"Our rookie, seven minutes, minus-20," Casey said. "I don't know how bad you have to play to get that many, so we got to get that fire lit under him a bit more because he's lost that zest, that fire that he had."

UP NEXT

Pistons: Host Toronto on Friday.

Nets: Host Chicago on Friday.

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Leaders

Detroit PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
S. Doumbouya 0 -20 0 0 1 0
R. Jackson 23 6 5 3 0 1
Brooklyn PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
D. Musa 0 0 0 0 0 0
S. Dinwiddie 28 4 6 3 0 0

Team Comparison

DET BKN
Points For 115 125
Field Goals 42/83-51% 43/85-51%
Three Pointers 10/26-38% 15/39-38%
Free Throws 21/28-75% 24/30-80%
Offensive Rebounds 9 8
Defensive Rebounds 32 29
Rebounds 53 43
Blocks 5 7
Steals 6 8
Turnovers 16 9
Points Scored Off Turnovers 13 15
Points in the Paint 54 50
Fast Break Points 14 20
Personal Fouls 20 19
Technical Fouls 2 0
Flagrant Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - BKN Leads Series 2-1

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Sat Nov 2 BKN 109 @ DET 113 G. Temple 2 S. Mykhailiuk 3
Sat Jan 25 BKN 121 @ DET 111 N. Claxton 2 L. King 4
Wed Jan 29 DET 115 @ BKN 125 S. Mykhailiuk 3 D. Jordan 4

Game Information

Stadium: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York
Attendance: 14,275
Game Time: 2:21