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                   === Pistons welcome Cavs to the Palace ===
 (Sports Network) - A pair of cellar dwellers in the Central Division renew
 their rivalry Monday night as the Cleveland Cavaliers pay a visit to the
 Detroit Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
 The Cavaliers are hoping they won't be without second-leading scorer Dion
 Waiters because of a sprained left ankle. The rookie Waiters, who is
 questionable against Detroit, is second on the team with 15.2 points per game
 for a Cleveland squad already dealing with the loss of reigning Rookie of the
 Year Kyrie Irving (broken finger). Irving leads the Cavs with 22.9 ppg.
 Waiters had 12 points in Saturday's 118-117 double-overtime loss versus
 Portland and was one of eight players with 10-plus points. Alonzo Gee had a
 career-high tying 22 points and Anderson Varejao registered his eighth
 straight double-double (12th overall) with 19 points and a game-high 17
 rebounds. The last Cavs player to post eight straight double-doubles was
 Tyrone Hill in 1997.
 "It's a tough one," Cavaliers coach Byron Scott said. "I thought our guys
 played hard. I didn't think we played very smart."
 Tyler Zeller added 14 points and 10 boards off the bench, while Jeremy Pargo
 posted 13 points and eight assists for Cleveland, which lost for the 11th time
 in 13 tries and set a season-high with 32 assists on 43 made field goals. The
 Cavs' 15 offensive rebounds led to a season-high 33 second-chance points.
 Pargo is averaging 15.9 points, 2.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists in seven games as
 a starter. Varejao has grabbed 15 or more rebounds in eight straight games.
 Cleveland is allowing 101.9 ppg and owns a 2-9 road mark.
 Detroit has lost two in a row since winning three of four games, and will
 begin a three-game homestand Monday versus Cleveland, Golden State and
 The Pistons suffered their fourth consecutive road loss in Saturday's 92-77
 defeat at the hands of the Dallas Mavericks.
 Brandon Knight scored 20 points and Tayshaun Prince had 12 points and five
 rebounds for the Pistons, who led after the first quarter and at halftime. The
 Pistons, though, were outscored 50-29 in the second half.
 "We didn't get stops and they started hitting a lot of open jumpers. They
 became very confident and very tough to defend," Knight said.
 Greg Monroe had eight points, 15 rebounds, two assists and one steal. Jason
 Maxiell recorded his first double-double of the season with 10 points and a
 season-high-tying 12 rebounds.
 Knight is posting an average of 19.2 points per game over his past five. The
 Pistons, who are yielding 96.8 ppg, sport a 4-3 ledger at home and a 1-10 mark
 on the road. They are averaging 13.7 more points as the host than on the road.
 Detroit and Cleveland have split the past eight meetings, but the Cavaliers
 are 11-4 in the past 15 contests in this series.
 12/03 10:37:25 ET