EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Isiah Thomas had a season-high 24 points and showed Kenny Anderson how to play point guard in the NBA, leading the Detroit Pistons to a 110-100 victory over the New Jersey Nets last night.
The victory was the third straight for the Pistons and spoiled the pro debut of Anderson, the No. 2 pick in the NBA draft who signed a five-year, $14.5 million contract on Thursday.
Despite only one day of practice, Anderson played 24 minutes and had 7 points, three assists and five turnovers. Several times he brought the crowd to its feet with great passes as New Jersey rallied from an 18-point first-half deficit and eventually took a 71-70 lead on a layup by Derrick Coleman, who led the Nets with 25 points and 12 rebounds.