The Pistons held only a one-point lead to start the final quarter but went on to end a four-game losing streak.
Brook Lopez delivered a career-best 39 points for the Nets in a meeting of teams that will not make the playoffs. New Jersey's Deron Williams missed the contest with a strained tendon in his right wrist.
New Jersey has lost seven of its last eight.
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