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           === Grizzlies give Prince happy homecoming in Detroit ===
 
 Auburn  Hills,  MI (Sports Network) -  Mike Conley scored 19 points on 8-of-11
 shooting, while Zach Randolph registered a double-double with 15 points and 10
 rebounds, as the Memphis Grizzlies used a critical second-quarter surge before
 cruising to a 105-91 victory over the Detroit Pistons.
 
 Ed  Davis had 14 points and Tony Allen and Quincy Pondexter each netted 10 for
 the  Grizzlies, who  have  won four  straight  and five  of  their last  seven
 contests overall.
 
 Former   Pistons  Tayshaun  Prince  and  Austin  Daye,  the  two  players  the
 Grizzlies  acquired  in the three-team  trade with Toronto, finished with four
 and  six points,  respectively. Prince,  playing agaisnt  his former  team for
 the  first  time, was part  of the Pistons'  championship squad in 2003-04 and
 played 10-plus  seasons in Detroit.
 
 "I  had put closure to it after the first game," Prince said. "When I realized
 'Man,  I'm in another uniform.' After I got more comfortable in the second and
 third  game, that  was closure to me. These  guys, what they did for me and my
 family,  I don't  hold any grudges whatsoever.  It was a great time. You never
 want  to end  on  a bad  note.  Nobody wants  to do  that.  It was  definitely
 unfortunate  but I  love  all  those guys.  I  have  great relationships  with
 everybody. It's a situation where it was time for me to start a new chapter."
 
 Brandon Knight scored 13 points and pulled down five rebounds for the Pistons,
 who  have  lost two of their  last three games.  Jonas Jerebko came in late to
 donate  13 points  on a perfect 5-of-5  shooting from the floor in the defeat,
 with  Jose Calderon  scoring  10  points and  dishing  out  seven assists  for
 Detroit.
 
 Kyle  Singler's  running jumper four  minutes into  the second quarter made it
 39-30 in favor of the Pistons, but Memphis quickly caught fire. Jerryd Bayless
 started a 23-3 flurry, and fittingly capped it off with a slam with 35 seconds
 remaining, to make it 53-42 at the break.
 
 Detroit  failed to  score a basket in  the final 4:12 of the first half, while
 the Grizzlies shook off the slow start to oustscore the home team 31-12 in the
 second session.
 
 The  visitors rode their momentum into the second half, as Conley extended the
 advantage  to  18 points four minutes  into the third quarter. The left-hander
 only  missed one field  goal in the quarter and finished with 13 points. Twice
 Conley extended the lead to 25 points -- each time with a triple -- before the
 Grizzlies closed the third stanza convincingly up, 84-60.
 
 "Coming  into the game,  we knew we would have to make the right decisions and
 make crisp passes." Detroit center Greg Monroe said. "In the first quarter, we
 were  making the right  plays and making sure they didn't get out on the break
 and make easy buckets. We lost that focus in the second quarter."
 
 The Pistons trailed by 20 points or more for the majority of the fourth before
 Jerebko  and other  reserves made  the contest  more manageable  in the  final
 minutes of play.
 
 It  was the Pistons who came out looking to make a statement, as the team took
 a  30-22 lead  after one quarter behind Knight's 10 points and 4-of-5 shooting
 effort.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Memphis  shot 56.3  percent (45-of-80)  from  the floor  ... Bayless  finished
 with  eight points and 10 assists ... The Grizzlies won the fast break battle,
 24-12 ... Memphis is 17-0 this season when reaching the 100-point mark.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 02/20 00:55:57 ET