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                === Pistons entertain Hornets at The Palace ===
 
 (Sports  Network)  - The Detroit  Pistons will  take a two-game winning streak
 into  Monday  night when  they host the  New Orleans Hornets  at The Palace of
 Auburn Hills.
 
 The  Pistons had a very good weekend, defeating the San Antonio Spurs by 10 at
 home  on  Friday night, then  taking out the  Milwaukee Bucks in Milwaukee the
 very next night.
 
 Against  the  Bucks, Detroit was  down 10 in the  second half, but rallied and
 reclaimed  the lead when Charlie Villanueva buried a 3-pointer with just under
 10 seconds.
 
 Brandon  Jennings  of the Bucks  missed a late  3-pointer and the Pistons left
 with 105-100 victory.
 
 "It  feels great," Villanueva said. "I don't even know who passed me the ball,
 but  once it hit my hands I knew it was in. It was a big game, especially here
 in Milwaukee, where I called it home once.
 
 "Never  really hit  a game-winner. It's definitely up there. You'll have to go
 back  to the  archives. As a Piston, definitely no. Especially playing against
 my old team. Good place for it to happen."
 
 Villanueva  had 18  points and 13 boards in a balanced Pistons' attack. Newly-
 acquired  Jose Calderon  led them  with 23,  while Rodney  Stuckey (19),  Greg
 Monroe  (14), Will  Bynum (12)  and Kyle  Singler (11)  also scored  in double
 figures.
 
 Defense  is the whole key for the Pistons. In their 20 wins, opponents average
 90.4 ppg, while in their 32 losses, opponents score 101.2 ppg.
 
 The  Hornets  had their two-game winning  streak snapped on Sunday in Toronto,
 102-89  to the Raptors. After wins at home against the Phoenix Suns and on the
 road  against the Atlanta Hawks, New Orleans went north of the border and were
 scrappy.
 
 The  Hornets trailed by 11 after one quarter but the game wasn't decided until
 late in the fourth when a Raptors' run left the margin in double digits.
 
 Robin  Lopez had  19  points for  the  Hornets, followed  by  17 from  Greivis
 Vasquez,  15 from Ryan Anderson and 13 from Brian Roberts. Leading scorer Eric
 Gordon was held to six. Vasquez was coming off a recent triple-double.
 
 Despite  shooting  a respectable 49  percent from  the field, head coach Monty
 Williams wasn't pleased with the offensive philosophy on Sunday.
 
 "We  settled for  too  many  jump shots  tonight,"  he  said. "Sometimes  that
 happens, we've made those shots. But tonight you had to recognize when they're
 not going in."
 
 Monday  night will cap  a three-game road trip and the Hornets will play their
 last  game before  the  All-Star  break on  Wednesday,  at  home, against  the
 Portland Trail Blazers.
 
 The Pistons have won three of their last four against the Hornets and three in
 a row at home.
 
 02/11 10:55:03 ET

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