The Detroit Pistons — losers of three straight and seven of their last nine games — ended their losing ways with a 119-109 victory over the San Antonio Spurs (who were riding an 11 game winning streak). The Spurs were without Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili but the Pistons — who were themselves without Andre Drummond — won’t apologize for beating the team with the best winning percentage in the NBA.
Detroit was lead in scoring by Greg Monroe who finished with a double-double — 26 points and 16 rebounds in 40 minutes of action. Branden Knight added 24 points and Charlie Villanueva chipped in 21 off the bench (shooting 5-9 from downtown). As a team the Pistons shot better than 51%, including a 10-22 performance from beyond the arc. San Antonio’s Tony Parker led all scorers with 31 points.
Detroit finishes the night in tenth place in the Eastern Conference — 7.5 games behind eighth place Milwaukee for the final playoff spot. They’ll hit the road tomorrow to face the Bucks in a Central Division showdown.