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                    === Knight guides Pistons past Cavs ===
 Auburn  Hills, MI  (Sports  Network)  - Brandon  Knight  had  17 points,  five
 rebounds  and five  assists to  lead the  Detroit Pistons  past the  Cleveland
 Cavaliers, 89-79, at the Palace Of Auburn Hills.
 Tayshaun  Prince and  Kyle Singler added 15 points apiece for the Pistons, who
 have won five straight at home for the first time since Nov. 29-Dec. 12, 2009.
 Jason  Maxiell  contributed 12 points,  six rebounds  and five of Detroit's 13
 "I  think we're  definitely getting better defensively," Knight said. "I think
 defensively we're getting a lot more effort from different guys on our team."
 Anderson  Varejao  paced the Cavaliers  with 17  points and 18 rebounds, while
 Omri  Casspi, Tristan  Thompson and Jeremy Pargo each dropped in 10 points for
 Cleveland,  which was held  to just 33.7 percent shooting in the game en route
 to its second consecutive loss and sixth in its last seven games.
 The  Cavaliers opened  the  game shooting  just 2-for-15  from  the floor  and
 Detroit took advantage with a 14-4 run to take control.
 Casspi  briefly  put an end  to the slump  by connecting on  a jumper and a 3-
 pointer on consecutive possessions to close Cleveland's gap to 14-9 with 5 1/2
 minutes  left  in the first  quarter, but the  Cavaliers would make just three
 more  baskets  for the  remainder of the  first as the  Pistons closed out the
 frame with a 16-8 run to carry a 30-17 lead into the second.
 Cleveland  connected  on just 7-of-28  shots in  the opening 12 minutes, while
 Detroit went 13-for-21 from the field.
 Detroit  continued to pile it on in the second quarter, stretching its lead up
 to  as much as  22 points at 49-27 on back-to-back layups by Prince and Rodney
 Stuckey  with about  four  minutes left  in  the half  before  taking a  56-39
 advantage into the break.
 The  Cavaliers  whittled away  at their  deficit in the  third quarter as they
 outscored  Detroit,  24-19, in the frame  to get within 75-63 heading into the
 fourth,  where  a late  7-2 push  brought Cleveland within  85-79 with 1:54 to
 But the Cavs missed their final three shots from the field and two free throws
 as Prince and Knight each went 2-for-2 from the line to hold off Cleveland.
 "Overall,  I thought our guys competed. We played hard," Cavaliers coach Byron
 Scott  said. "We  obviously couldn't  score enough  points, but  defensively I
 thought we did a heck of a job."
                                   Game Notes
 Cleveland  fell to 2-10  on the road this season ... Detroit shot 42.9 percent
 from the floor in the game ... Thompson had 11 rebounds ... The Cavaliers went
 3-for-20 from three-point range, while Detroit connected on 4-of-18 shots from
 beyond the arc.
 12/04 00:29:42 ET