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The Detroit Pistons have lost 12 straight to Western Conference opponents, but could be catching a break in their bid to end that skid.
The Portland Trail Blazers may be without All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge as they visit the Pistons on Monday night.
Aldridge, averaging 19.7 points and 5.8 rebounds, missed his first game Sunday when he sat out a 98-85 loss at Brooklyn with a stiff back. Portland (6-7) was competitive throughout a contest that was tied after three quarters before falling to 2-4 on the road.
"To be without our best player and come to Brooklyn and then have a chance down the stretch. Just to be in that position without LaMarcus says a lot about our team,'' rookie guard Damian Lillard said.
There is no word on Aldridge's status for Monday. He received pre-game treatment from the training staff and was in uniform, but rookie Meyers Leonard received his second start.
The big man averaged 24.8 points and 7.7 rebounds during a six-game win streak over the Pistons (3-11), who snapped that slide in the series with a 94-91 win Jan. 21 in the lone matchup last season. Aldridge led Portland with 25 points while Rodney Stuckey scored a game-high 28 for Detroit.
That was a rare victory for the Pistons over a West foe. Detroit went 5-13 against Western opponents in 2011-12 before losing their first eight to the other conference this season.
While Portland took positives from its Sunday defeat in the New York area, that wasn't the case for the Pistons in their 121-100 road loss the Knicks on Sunday. Detroit fell behind 64-44 at halftime and finished with 19 turnovers.
"How many minutes of defense did we play? I don't know, but I know it's not nearly good enough to do and we've got to take care of the ball,'' coach Lawrence Frank said.
Brandon Knight, who made the winning layup in Friday's 91-90 victory over Toronto, matched a season high with 21 points and Charlie Villanueva added a season-best 17.
None of that mattered as the Pistons allowed the Knicks to make 17 3-pointers - the second-highest total yielded by the club over the last 26 seasons.
"We have to give a better effort as far as not giving up those 3s,'' Knight said. ''That's what they do best, that's what we came into the game trying to do. We did a poor job defensively.''
Knight will get his first chance to match up with Lillard, who leads all rookies in scoring at 19.6 points per game. Lillard, thrust into a leadership role for Portland, had a poor effort Sunday with 13 points on 4-of-12 shooting.
"I think we have multiple leaders on the team," Lillard said. "I wouldn't say that I am the leader of the team. There are times when something needs to be said and I will say it, but we have multiple guys on our team that lead."
Wesley Matthews scored 20 points and J.J. Hickson had 19 and 10 rebounds for the Trail Blazers, who were outrebounded 48-34 without Aldridge.
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Blazers drop close one
The Headline: despite a nagging back injury, LaMarcus Aldridge comes alive for Portland; unfortunately, it’s not enough to hold off the Pistons in this 101-108 loss.
Lets review the game, Love’em & Hate’em style.
Portland Trail Blazers vs. Detroit Pistons
When: 7:30 ET, Monday, November 26, 2012
Where: The Palace of Auburn Hills (Detroit)
Huge night for the rookie
The Headline: Damian Lillard scores a season high 28 points in this big Portland win.
Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Portland Trail Blazers
When: 10:00 ET, Friday, November 23, 2012
Where: Rose Garden (Portland)
Officials: Joe Crawford, Tre Maddox, Derrick Collins
1. Lillard leads the way
Damian Lillard had the best night of his...
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The second year pro from Duke is also pretty accomplished at executing some pretty remarkable trick shots.
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Brandon Knight scored 16 of his 26 points in the first half, outplaying Damian Lillard in a matchup of young guards and leading the Detroit Pistons to a 108-101 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night.
Lillard entered the day as the NBA's top rookie scorer, averaging 19.6 points per game. He missed his first 12 shots from the field against the Pistons.
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Brandon Knight scored a season-high 26 points Monday, but his defense was even more impressive. Knight held Portland's standout rookie point guard, Damian Lillard, to 12 points, tying his season low, and the Detroit Pistons defeated the Trail Blazers 108-101 at The Palace. The Pistons (4-11) won their third straight home game. The Blazers (6-8) have...
After getting their first two wins of the season last week, this was a so-so week for the Pistons, now 3-11.
After a couple of days of practice, the Pistons traveled to Orlando and promptly laid an egg.
The first half was actually pretty good as they held a 48-45 lead over the Magic.
But it was a completely different story in the second half, particularly the third quarter. The...
1. Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian LillardStats: 47.3% FG, 40.5% 3PT, 20.2 points, 3.0 rebounds, 6.0 assists, 1.3 steals, 3.3 turnoversLillard has made an amazingly smooth transition from mid-major Weber State to the NBA, and leads all rookies in points, assists and three-pointers made. He's also leading the Blazers in scoring, ahead of All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge.2...
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- Brandon Knight scored 16 of his 26 points in the first half, outplaying Damian Lillard in a matchup of young guards and leading the Detroit Pistons to a 108-101 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night.
Lillard entered the day as the NBA's top rookie scorer, averaging 19.6 points per game. He missed his first 12 shots from the field...
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. Kyle Singler is one of the more intriguing young players the Pistons have.
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That versatility was on full display Monday night at the Palace against the Portland Trail Blazers.
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