Kyrie Irving scores 45 points, Nets pull away from Pistons in overtime

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DETROIT — Derrick Rose scored 20-plus points for the 12th straight game. But Rose and the Detroit Pistons were helpless to prevent the Brooklyn Nets from taking over in overtime Saturday night.

The Nets outscored the Pistons by 10 points in pulling away for a 121-111 victory at Little Caesars Arena.

Kyrie Irving scored 33 of his 45 points in the second half to help the Nets (19-25) take a 3 1/2 game lead on the Pistons for the Eastern Conference’s eighth and final playoff spot.

Rose scored 27 points and his layup with 1.9 seconds left in regulation tied the game at 106 and sent the game into overtime.

But the undermanned Pistons (17-30) have lost two straight and fall to 1-2 on this four-game home stand.

The Pistons led by 10 at halftime, but Irving scored 12 points before the nine-minute mark of the third quarter to get going.

Jarrett Allen scored 20 points, grabbed 15 rebounds and had four blocked shots for the Nets.

Andre Drummond scored 20 points and grabbed 21 rebounds.

Second-year guard Svi Mykhailiuk and Bruce Brown combined for 36 points. Brown returned to the lineup after missing two games with the flu. Drummond missed the past two games after taking a shot to the mouth late in Monday’s loss at Washington.

The Pistons tied the game at 104 with 59.7 seconds left when Allen committed goaltending on a Galloway layup attempt.

The Nets took a 106-104 lead with 38.4 seconds left when Drummond was called for basket interference.

Rose committed a turnover on the Pistons’ next possession, but forced an Irving missed shot.

Mykhailiuk ran down the rebound and quickly found Rose.

He sprinted up the court and got the layup to fall against the defense of Harris with 1.9 seconds left to tie the game at 106.

Irving missed a long 3-pointer at the buzzer, sending the game to OT.

It was the 40th 20-20 game of Drummond’s career, which passes Bob Lanier for most in Pistons history.

Reggie Jackson wasn’t available for the second night of back-to-back games since he played two games after returning to the lineup after missing 42 games with a back injury.

The Nets were without center DeAndre Jordan (dislocated finger).

For the second straight evening, Pistons coach Dwane Casey turned to two-way contract forward Louis King.

But two-way contract point guard Jordan Bone entered first.

At the 2:54 mark of the first quarter, Bone was subbed for Rose.

With Jackson out and Tim Frazier’s struggles, it was Bone’s turn.

The Nets played primarily zone defense in Bone’s three minutes, but the rookie didn’t stand out — poorly or positively. He missed his two shot attempts.

King started the second quarter and quickly scored inside after a deft pump fake created an opening.

With Tony Snell out for a second straight game, it was more than a cameo as King played in the second half as well.

He made a midrange jumper, but missed his only free-throw attempt.

King finished with four points in 11 minutes.


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