Pistons 119, Spurs 109

Dana Gauruder, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Greg Monroe had 26 points and 16 rebounds as the Detroit Pistons snapped San Antonio's 11-game winning streak with a 119-109 victory at The Palace on Friday.
Brandon Knight supplied 24 points for the Pistons (19-32), who had lost seven of their last nine but led by as much as 21 against the team with the league's best record. Charlie Villanueva scored 21 points off the bench and Kyle Singler chipped in 14 for Detroit, which tied its season high in points.
Tony Parker led the Spurs (39-12) with 31 points and eight assists. San Antonio's last loss was a 101-98 overtime decision at Memphis on Jan. 11. Kawhi Leonard had 16 points and Danny Green added 15 but the Spurs, who gave up a season-high in regulation points, dropped to 1-1 on their nine-game road trip.
San Antonio played once again without two of its top players. Tim Duncan missed his sixth game in the last seven with a sore left knee, while Manu Ginobili sat out for the third straight game with a tight left hamstring.
Detroit led by 13 at the half and hung tough in the third quarter, never allowing the Spurs to get closer than nine points. Monroe was the primary reason, as he racked up 13 points and six rebounds in the quarter. A Rodney Stuckey putback in the final minute gave the Pistons a 95-78 advantage entering the fourth.
Green's 3-pointer with 7:19 remaining pulled the Spurs within eight, 101-93.
Villanueva got those points back with a 3-pointer of his own and Will Bynum's transition basket made it 106-93.
An 8-2 San Antonio run closed the gap to seven but Knight responded with five consecutive points. Another Villanueva 3-pointer with just over two minutes left gave his club a 116-105 lead and ended the Spurs' comeback bid.
Te Pistons scored a season-high in points for any half while taking a 65-52 halftime lead. They used a strong transition game and solid 3-point shooting to build the first-half lead. They had 13 fast-break points and made 7 of 12 attempts from long range, including three by Villanueva.
Singler gave Detroit its biggest lead of the half at 65-44 with a pull-up jumper. San Antonio gathered some momentum for the second half by scoring the last eight points of the half.
NOTES: Pistons rookie center Andre Drummond was declared out four-to-six weeks prior to the game because of a stress fracture to his fifth lumbar vertebra. Drummond, who missed the second half of the previous two games, will not require surgery. He is averaging 7.3 points and 7.5 rebounds. ... Detroit coach Lawrence Frank calls San Antonio the NBA's premier franchise. "They're the gold standard," he said. "When you look at 2000 to 2006, you'd say the Spurs and the Pistons (were the top teams). They've been able to sustain it." ... The Pistons are giving up an average of 88.8 points in their victories, compared to 101.2 in their losses. ... San Antonio leads the all-time series 48-30. ... The Spurs have used 12 starters this season, most in the league. ... Detroit was shooting 28.9 percent on 3-point attempts over the previous nine games. ... Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who can be stingy with praise, believes Parker has been the key to his team's success this season. "Tony's been magnificent," he said. "I don't know of any point guard that's played better than him all year. He's been tremendous and he's been even better in the fourth quarter."

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