Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 1/4/13
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Building big leads doesn't seem to be a problem for the Detroit Pistons. Maintaining them is something they haven't mastered. The Pistons led the Atlanta Hawks by 17 points with seven minutes remaining on Friday, then barely held on for an 85-84 victory at The Palace. They have won four in a row despite being outscored 75-52 in the final quarter of their last three games, including a 22-11 deficit to Atlanta. It's been a season-long trend, as they lost eight games this season after establishing double-digit leads. "We've been improving," said center Greg Monroe, who had 18 points and nine rebounds. "We still have a ways to go but we're finding ways to win now." Austin Daye scored a season-high 20 points off the bench for the Pistons (13-22) and Jason Maxiell contributed 10 points and 10 rebounds. Rodney Stuckey, who missed the previous three games with a left ankle sprain, added 10 points. They can sweep their five-game homestand with a victory over ...
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