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NBA: New Jersey 99, Detroit 96

Feb. 1, 2012 at 10:44 PM

NEWARK, N.J., Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Kris Humphries put New Jersey in front for good with 5:22 to play Wednesday and the Nets survived down the stretch to edge Detroit 99-96.

After Detroit's Tayshaun Prince missed a jumper that would have tied the game with 4 seconds to play, Sundiata Gaines was able to make only 1-of-2 foul shots for the Nets. That gave the Pistons a chance to tie it, but Brandon Knight missed a 3-point attempt at the buzzer -- leaving Detroit with its seventh straight loss and its 20th setback of the season in 24 games.

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Deron Williams led New Jersey with 26 points and Humphries had 18 points and eight rebounds. Humphries made two free throws with 5:22 to go that gave the Nets a 90-88 lead.

Prince and Greg Monroe both had 21 for the Pistons, who have played 12 road games this year and have won just once.

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