Mickey Johnson had 25 points, Buck Williams 17 points and 19 rebounds and Otis Birdsong managed to get 10 of his 17 points in the final 5:30 as the New Jersey Nets extended their winning streak to nine games with a 110-102 victory over the Detroit Pistons last night in East Rutherford, N.J.
Birdsong scored 10 points in a 2:57 span to give the Nets a 103-95 edge. His 10-foot jump shot gave New Jersey a 95-91 lead but layups by Bill Laimbeer and Isiah Thomas tied the score at 95.
Birdsong then took charge, making a 15-footer, a 10-foot bank shot, two free throws and a layup.
Johnson followed with a layup and a slam dunk off a fast break as the Nets outscored the Pistons, 11-0, in a 2:12 span to take a commanding 107-95 lead.
New Jersey outscored Detroit, 28-17, in the fourth quarter, including a 15-7 burst in the final 4:30.
It was the third straight game Johnson has led the Nets in scoring. The forward, who moved into the starting lineup after Albert King strained ligaments in his right knee, converted nine of 21 field goals and was seven of seven from the foul line.