Pistons pull away to beat Nets 116-109

Richard Hamilton scored 25 points and Rodney Stuckey added 22 to lead the Detroit Pistons to a 116-109 win over the New Jersey Nets on Wednesday night. Brook Lopez scored a career-high 39 points for New Jersey, which was without star Deron Williams. The point guard was out with an injured right wrist. Lopez nearly made up for his absence, but the Nets settled for outside shots against Detroit's zone defense late in the game. Stuckey played well in his return after being benched for two games by Detroit coach John Kuester. Stuckey had eight points for the Pistons during one fourth-quarter stretch, helping them take a 110-102 advantage. (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)