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                   === Knight shines as Pistons down Cavs ===
 
 Auburn  Hills, MI (Sports Network) - Brandon Knight filled the stat sheet with
 20  points,  10 assists and six  rebounds in Detroit's 117-99 victory over the
 Cleveland Cavaliers.
 
 Kyle  Singler  also scored  20 points  and Greg Monroe  contributed 18 with 16
 rebounds  for Detroit,  which beat Cleveland for a fifth straight time. Rodney
 Stuckey totaled 14 points for the Pistons, who snapped a two-game skid.
 
 Detroit  won  despite not  having  newly-acquired  point guard  Jose  Calderon
 available for the game. He isn't able to play yet due to visa issues.
 
 The  Pistons  acquired Calderon Wednesday night  from the Toronto Raptors in a
 three-team  deal that  also included  the Memphis  Grizzlies. Tayshaun  Prince
 and  Austin Daye  were sent to the  Grizzlies, who shipped star guard Rudy Gay
 north of the border.
 
 The  Cavs, who  have lost back-to-back contests following a three-game winning
 streak,  were led by Tristan Thompson's 19 points. Kyrie Irving had 14 points,
 but just three after the first quarter.
 
 Stuckey's  big  third quarter allowed the  Pistons to get some distance on the
 Cavs. He scored 10 in the period and Knight added nine.
 
 Tyler  Zeller's  layup, his lone  basket of the  game, had the visitors within
 62-57  with nearly  seven minutes  left in  the third.  The Pistons  then took
 control  as Stuckey  scored 10 straight Detroit points in one stretch to carry
 the hosts to a 74-62 advantage with about four minutes to go. Included in that
 was an alley-oop layup off a feed from Monroe.
 
 The  margin  stood at 85-68  moving to  the fourth, but  the Cavs had one last
 rally. They got within 99-90 with 4:43 remaining following a 3-point shot from
 C.J. Miles.
 
 Cleveland  got no closer,  however, as head coach Byron Scott chose to go with
 his  reserves  for  the  entire  final quarter.  Mareese  Speights  and  Wayne
 Ellington each scored 10 in the fourth for the Cavs.
 
 After the game, Scott questioned the heart of his team.
 
 "Are  you guys content?," he told reporters. "Being 13-34, if you're content I
 would  appreciate  it you  just telling  me. I'm  not content  and if they are
 content  then we  have to make some changes.  I don't see how you in the world
 you could be could be fat and happy right now."
 
 The  Pistons scored  eight in a row in  the first quarter to extend to a 22-11
 lead, and they held a 24-16 edge going to the second. The Cavs, who never led,
 were within 54-47 at the half.
 
 "With what's going on with our team, the energy is kind of down," Knight said.
 "I just wanted to make sure we got off to a good start, make sure I had energy
 and give it to some of the other guys."
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Cleveland had won four straight games against Eastern Conference opponents ...
 Cavaliers  guard Daniel  Gibson  missed  his second  straight  game  due to  a
 sprained  toe  ... The Cavaliers  have lost the  first three meetings with the
 Pistons this season.
 
 
 
 02/01 23:56:16 ET

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