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Monroe and Smith combine for 54, Pistons pull out the close victory against Bucks

Greg Monroe registered his 32nd double-double this season, scoring 28 points and registering 14 rebounds, to help the Detroit Pistons nip the Milwaukee Bucks, 116-111. The Pistons shot 46-97 (47.4%) from the field and dominated the offensive glass, pulling down 19 boards. This is only the second win for Detroit (27-47) in its last 10 games.

Monroe went 12-21 from the field and 4-6 from the free throw line. Detroit also got solid performances from Brandon Jennings with 20 points and 13 assists, Will Bynum with 12 points and 8 assists, and Andre Drummond with 10 points and 16 rebounds. Brandon Knight had another quality performance for Milwaukee in the loss, scoring 25 points on 7-21 shooting. He also added 9 rebounds and 7 assists. Ramon Sessions contributed 20 points and 11 assists, Jeff Adrien finished with 16 points and 8 rebounds, and Zaza Pachulia put up 12 points and 13 rebounds.

As expected, Detroit controlled the offensive glass in this matchup, finishing with an OR% of 37.3%. They rank first in the NBA in OR% at 30.8%. Conversely, the defense of Milwaukee is 29th in the league on the backboards with a DR% of 71.1%. After putting up a sparkling assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.55, the Pistons are 4-4 on the season when eclipsing 2.50 in this category. However, the Bucks are winless (0-5) when allowing their opponents to achieve such a lofty ratio.

This drops Milwaukee (14-60) to 1-3 versus Detroit on the season.

Coming up next, the Pistons battle the Indiana Pacers, who are 52-23 on the year. The Bucks match up with the Miami Heat, currently 51-22 this season. The Pistons came away with a loss in two of their last three games against Indiana. The Bucks have fallen to Miami the last two times they have met.

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