The Brooklyn Nets didn't get a bye on their schedule Monday night. It just seemed that way.
The Nets led by as many as 43 points on the road, routing the hapless Detroit Pistons 119-82 on Monday night.
''This was great,'' said Brook Lopez, who had 18 points and seven rebounds. ''We wanted to come and really control the entire game, and we had all four quarters. This is how we needed to start off our road trip.''
The Nets had lost two of three, including a 12-point defeat to Atlanta on Sunday, but weren't challenged by Detroit. Deron Williams led the way with 31 points in 28 minutes while former Piston Jerry Stackhouse had 10 points in his first game since Jan. 26.
The Nets, who led by as many as 43, finished with six players in double figures to Detroit's four.
''It is hard to be critical of anything,'' Brooklyn coach P.J. Carlesimo said. ''We did a poor job of closing out the first half, so that was one mistake. I thought we were very focused and we played very well.''