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                     === Knight lifts Pistons over Cavs ===
 Cleveland,  OH (Sports  Network) - Brandon Knight scored 23 of his career-high
 30  points in the second half to lead the Detroit Pistons to a 104-97 win over
 the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday.
 Tayshaun  Prince  had 14 points and  Rodney Stuckey and Jason Maxiell added 10
 points apiece for the Pistons, who snapped a two-game skid.
 "Brandon  (Knight) kind of carried us on the offensive end in certain parts of
 the game, which was huge for us," Prince said.
 Jeremy  Pargo dropped in 24 points and Anderson Varejao added 16 points and 13
 boards  for  the Cavaliers, who  have dropped five  straight and nine of their
 last 10 overall.
 Charlie Villanueva's 3-pointer with six minutes left put the Pistons up 94-80,
 but  Cleveland  used a  14-5 run to  pull within 99-95  with just 41.5 seconds
 Stuckey  then  buried a  jumper with  just over 18  ticks showing, but Varejao
 answered  back with  a layup to pull within four once again. Detroit, however,
 scored the final three points of the game to seal the win.
 "Offensively we just have to keep moving the ball a little better, be a little
 crisper  with our passes and not turn the ball over as much," Cavaliers center
 Tyler Zeller said.
 The  Pistons led  25-22 after the first quarter. Prince poured in eight points
 in the period and Greg Monroe added five in the frame.
 Cleveland used a 14-4 run to go up 46-36 with just under 3 1/2 minutes left in
 the  second  period, but Detroit  closed the  half on a  13-6 burst to go into
 the break down 52-49.
 The  Pistons shot  a blistering  64.7 percent  from the  floor --  including a
 perfect  3-for-3 from behind  the arc, to go up 76-70 after the third. Detroit
 held the Cavs 33.3 percent shooting in the frame.
                                   Game Notes
 The Pistons won for just the third time in nine tries in Cleveland ... Detroit
 was 9-for-15 from 3-point range.
 12/09 00:48:36 ET

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