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Postby kaisy on Sun Sep 22, 2013 2:13 am

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Greg Monroe had 15 points and nine rebounds and rookie Andre Drummond added a double-double and the Detroit Pistons ended a six-game losing streak with a 100-68 rout Friday night. The Pistons, who never trailed, got 15 points from Brandon Knight and 11 points and a career-high 14 rebounds from Drummond. Detroit hadnt beaten anyone other than the Cavaliers since late November. The teams meet again Saturday night in the nations capital, but the Wizards will have to play a much better game to have a shot at splitting the home-and-home series. Washington only dressed nine players, with John Wall, Trevor Ariza, Bradley Beal and Nene among the unavailable players, and lost their sixth straight. Jordan Crawford led Washington with 20 points, but two other players reached double figures. Detroits biggest problem may have been a fourth-quarter injury to Rodney Stuckey, who went immediately to the locker room after getting hit in the mouth on a drive. Stuckey didnt lose any teeth, but did not return to the game. With Stuckey unable to shoot his free throws, the Pistons chose Slava Kravtsov to take them. In his NBA debut, the Ukrainian rookie made 1 of 2. The game got off to an ugly start, as the teams combined to miss 17 of their first 19 shots. Detroit finally got enough offence going to build a 9-2 lead midway through the first, and the game never got much better. Washington shot 26 per cent in the first quarter and 32 per cent in the first half, and only Jordan Crawfords 14 points kept them from being behind by more than 53-34 at the intermission. In contrast, Detroit had three scorers in double figures by halftime and had 13 assists on 19 field goals. The Pistons didnt let up in the third quarter, moving the advantage to 26, and they were up by as many as 34 down the stretch. NOTES: Crawford picked up a third-quarter technical foul for arguing a call, and had to be led away from referee Michael Smith by teammate Emeka Okafor. Later in the quarter, when Crawford didnt get a call on a drive to the basket, Wizards coach Randy Wittman yelled "Dont hold a grudge, Mike. Give us a call." ... In an attempt to boost their struggling attendance, the Pistons will have halftime concerts from MC Hammer (Dec. 28) and Sheila E (Dec. 30) at their next two home games. After leading the league in attendance during much of the past decade, Detroit has trouble filling half the arena for most games. ... Cartier Martin was called for a flagrant foul for a hard screen on Drummond in the fourth. Personalized Cleveland Browns Jersey . The Miami New Times, an alternative weekly, reported Tuesday that it obtained records detailing purchases by Rodriguez, Toronto outfielder Melky Cabrera, Gio Gonzalez, Bartolo Colon, Nelson Cruz and Yasmani Grandal from a clinic called Biogenesis, run by Anthony Bosch. Carolina Panthers Custom Jersey . So did the bullpen. That combination for the Pirates was enough to overcome the early departure of starter Wandy Rodriguez as Pittsburgh snapped a five-game losing streak by beating the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-3 on Monday. ... s-Jerseys/ . The two clubs meet for the third and final time this regular season on Thursday night in Toronto. The Leafs have gone 5-0-3 over their past eight games and sit in a tie for fifth overall in the East with the Ottawa Senators with 44 points. That has them five points ahead of a trio of teams in the conference that are tied for the final two postseason spots. Cowboys Custom Jersey . The 26-year-old had 11 goals and 38 assists in 82 games with the Canucks last season. Edler has spent his entire career with Vancouver after being drafted 91st overall in the 2004 draft. Lions Custom Jersey . In an interview with Slava Malamud of the Russian newspaper Sport-Express after the game on Monday night, Ovechkin didnt hide his displeasure with the officiating and even took it up to another level. "I am not saying there was a phone call from (the league), but someone just wanted Game 7," he told the paper.CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Steve Smith was on crutches after being treated for what the Carolina Panthers described as a left foot infection. Coach Ron Rivera says Smith is being treated with antibiotics, but the wide receivers status for the remainder of the preseason is unknown. Smith was seen walking around the stadium on crutches, but was unavailable for comment Wednesday. Panthers middle linebacker Jon&nnbsp;Beason was also held out of practice with a strained hamstring.dddddddddddd The Panthers (No. 20 in the AP Pro32) face the New York Jets on Sunday and then wrap up the preseason the following Thursday against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Panthers could decide to hold both star players out until the regular season. Rivera says Carolinas starters will play into the third quarter Sunday. ' ' '
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