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Nets get into good offensive groove and easily beat Pistons

Nets guard Deron Williams controls the ball against

Nets guard Deron Williams controls the ball against the Detroit Pistons in the first half of an NBA basketball game at Barclays Center on Friday, April 14, 2014. Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

Another chapter in the NBA theme of Showing 'em Brooklyn: Friday night's 116-104 victory over the Detroit Pistons was the Nets' 15th consecutive at Barclays Center.

That's the longest home unbeaten streak of any team in the league this season and the longest by the Nets since they were absorbed into the NBA 37 seasons ago. It was their 22nd home victory in their last 24 games, and -- for most of the night -- it looked so easy.

The Nets' offense was equal parts deadeye shooting and pinpoint passing. They made 60.5 percent from the field, including 48.4 percent of their three-point attempts, to go with 28 assists.

Theirs was a thoroughly communal effort, with the first real offensive fuse lit by the reserves, who scored 22 of the Nets' first 34 points and played a leading role in the 29-9 rally that broke open the game in the second period.

When rookie center Mason Plumlee got into early foul trouble, Jason Collins contributed eight solid first-half minutes. Collins finished with five rebounds and was 3-for-3 for six points in 17 minutes.

With top scorers Deron Williams and Joe Johnson going a combined 0-for-5 at the outset, Mirza Teletovic sank his first five shots -- four of those three-pointers -- on his way to a 20-point night. Shaun Livingston (23 points) and Marcus Thornton (15 points) quickly joined the bucket brigade.

It wasn't long before the pleasant contagion spread to Paul Pierce (17 points), Andray Blatche (14) and Johnson (10). Williams (eight points) had 10 assists.

Being at home, Pierce said, "That's where most of the teams in the league play well. You've got momentum, you've got your home crowd, lot better feel for spots on the court, and this is where you're comfortable.

"You feel comfortable when you have dinner at your house. When you go to somebody's, you don't know what they're going to cook."

All good signs for the Nets' postseason possibilities.

Not that Nets coach Jason Kidd would speculate on a good playoff matchup. Or any other future machinations. "Stay in the moment," Kidd keeps saying.

He continues to insist that his only priority in this final stretch of seven regular-season games is "our health."

"The challenge is when to sit someone," he said. "Understand when to rest someone. A lot of guys don't like to take the day off, and I understand that. But it's also understanding you want to be fresh, you want to be healthy, going into the playoffs."

Meanwhile, the Barclays fans sing on: "Broooooklyn, Brooooklyn, Broooklyn . . . ''

Notes & quotes: Kevin Garnett missed his 19th consecutive game because of back spasms, but Kidd said he would "like Garnett to try" to play Saturday night. Andrei Kirilenko returned after missing the previous six games because of a sprained ankle and played 11 minutes, with two rebounds and two assists.

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