Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/28/12
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AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Charlie Villanueva had a season-high 19 points off the bench as the Detroit Pistons won consecutive games for the first time this season, overwhelming the Phoenix Suns 117-77 at The Palace on Wednesday night. Brandon Knight scored 19 points and Rodney Stuckey had 18 for the Pistons (5-11), who have won five of eight after starting the season with eight losses. Detroit had a season high in points while recording its fourth straight home victory. Luis Scola led the Suns (7-9) with 11 points before fouling out. Phoenix, which 1-2 on its current six-game road swing, made 19 turnovers and had a season-low 11 assists. The Suns lost their poise early in the second half while the Pistons put the game out of reach. Phoenix collected four technical fouls in the first seven minutes as Detroit opened up a 26-point lead. Markieff Morris, Shannon Brown, Goran Dragic and Sebastian Telfair received the technicals for chippy plays or jawing with the officials. Kyle Singler nudged Detroit's advantage above 20 with a transition basket and Stuckey made a transition layup for a 71-48 lead. Stuckey then gave Detroit its biggest lead of the quarter by making three free throws, including one his team was awarded for Telfair's technical. Phoenix's bench outscored Cleveland's reserves 38-16 in the Suns' 13-point victory Tuesday but got outplayed by the Pistons' backups in the first half. Detroit used a 27-15 advantage in bench points to take a 55-44 halftime lead. Stuckey led the way with nine points and Corey Maggette had eight as the Pistons led by as much as 14. Maggette's layup off a Greg Monroe interior pass gave Detroit its first double-digit lead, 45-35. Monroe's passing has become an increasingly key part of the Pistons' attack. He not only leads them in scoring and rebounding, he's second on the team in assists (3.7 per game). "That's by design," coach Lawrence Frank said. "He's a hub for us. He touches the ball virtually every single possession within the flow of what we do. Ideally, down the road, he could be a 20 (point)-10 (rebound)-5 guy because that's his makeup." Maggette gave Detroit its biggest lead of the half at 52-38 with a 3-pointer from the top of the key. Phoenix was also hampered by turnovers, as the Pistons scored 13 points off the Suns' 11 giveaways. NOTES: The Suns had won seven of their last eight games against the Pistons, including a 92-89 victory in Phoenix earlier this month. ... Opponents were averaging 103 points on 46.3 percent shooting in Detroit's losses entering the game, compared to 87.5 points on 39.3 percent shooting in its victories. .. The Pistons needed 25 games to get their fifth win last season. ... The Suns are 3-2 since inserting Morris and Brown into the lineup. "I just thought it would be a better mix," coach Alvin Gentry said. "It's worked out well for us." ... Phoenix's road trip will cover 6,301 miles.
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