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The Detroit Pistons continued their season-high win streak by extending a run at home against one of the NBA's worst teams. Now they get a chance to do the same to another such club.
The Pistons have won their last seven meetings at The Palace of Auburn Hills against the Washington Wizards, who enter Sunday night's matchup with a 1-10 road mark.
Detroit's four-game win streak is its longest since a five-game run Dec. 4-12, 2009. The Pistons (8-20) beat New Jersey for the 10th straight time at home in Friday's 109-92 rout.
"Our guys have a good rhythm,'' coach Lawrence Frank said. "We have to continue to raise the bar, continue to do better, but we're playing with a good rhythm and a good spirit.''
Greg Monroe had 18 points and 11 boards for his fourth straight double-double. He's averaging 20.0 points and 12.5 boards and shooting 62.5 percent during that run.
Detroit has won eight of its last nine against Washington (5-22), which last won at the Palace with a 99-96 victory Jan. 26, 2007.
None of the Wizards who played in that game are still with the team, which is enduring growing pains as it prepares to begin a five-game road trip. Washington's 1-3 homestand was capped by Friday's 106-89 loss to Miami.
The Wizards shot 38.2 percent and allowed the Heat's trio of stars - LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh - to total 68 points. JaVale McGee and Trevor Booker each had double-doubles.
"We've got to go to Detroit on Sunday and go in there with the attitude that we had tonight," interim coach Randy Wittman said. "We just gotta keep building what we're doing, five games, 10 or 11 days, I think, we'll see where we are mentally.
"We had a grueling stretch here at home with some good teams and now we have to go out on the road after playing a game like this."
The 7-foot McGee, a Michigan native, will be counted on to provide resistance in the middle against the 6-11 Monroe. McGee is shooting 70.8 percent with a total of 38 points in five career games at Detroit.
The Wizards, though, have more to worry about than Monroe. Rodney Stuckey is averaging 14.5 points in this win streak and Jonas Jerebko has totaled 36 points in the last two games.
"We're a very young team and with a young team chemistry is going to take a while; trying to feel each other out as far as trying to develop it," forward Tayshaun Prince said. "I expected us to play faster, create turnovers and just go and when that happens it opens up things for us and guys get more comfortable."
Sunday's game features the first point guard matchup between Detroit rookie Brandon Knight and Washington second-year guard John Wall, who each spent a year at Kentucky before bolting for the NBA.
Knight has shown flashes of strong play for the Pistons while Wall is averaging 25.0 points on 52.8 percent shooting over his last three games.
"Times are rough right now but just keep working as a player, make sure you're getting better, make sure you keep leading these guys," Wall said.
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When you peruse the Pistons-Nets box score this morning, your eyes quickly will notice the 19-point, five-assist, three-rebound night of Rodney Stuckey. But a more significant line probably was the stat line from Nets standout point guard Deron Williams -- 14 points on 4-for-10 shooting.
Greg Monroe had 18 points and 11 rebounds, and the Detroit Pistons routed the New Jersey Nets 109-92 Friday night for their fourth straight victory.
It appears the Pistons have their power forward issues settled: Jason Maxiell starts and brings energy; Jonas Jerebko comes off the bench and provides scoring. During the team's four-game winning streak, both have been integral parts of the Pistons' success.
Despite economic challenges across Metro Detroit, The Detroit Pistons and Allstate's "Good Hands, Warm Hands" Mitten Drive collected more than 15,000 winter items for Orchards Children's Services with donations from Pistons fans and Michigan schools. Orchards Children's Services will distribute the donated winter gear to hundreds of families statewide.
The Pistons spotted New Jersey a 7-0 lead Friday night, but it didn't last long. They scored the game's next 10 points and kept going from there in their most complete and dominant win of the season, Keith Langlois writes for True Blue Pistons.
Greg Monroe recorded 18 points and 11 rebounds as the Detroit Pistons rolled over the New Jersey Nets, 109-92, in the back end of a home-and-home series at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
The Pistons face the Wizards at The Palace at 6:00 p.m.
The Pistons go back to The Palace to face the New Jersey Nets once more tonight at 7:30 p.m.
With Ben Gordon back in the mix, Lawrence Frank has wider latitude to mix and match in striking a balance of offense and defense in both his starters and second unit, Keith Langlois writes for True Blue Pistons.
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Greg Monroe had 18 points and 11 rebounds, and the Detroit Pistons routed the New Jersey Nets 109-92 Friday night for their fourth straight victory.
It's the longest winning streak for the Pistons since a five-game run in December 2009.
Detroit (8-20) spotted the Nets seven...
Second-year center Greg Monroe is starting to heat up for a Detroit Pistons team riding a season-high three-game winning streak and is aiming for his fourth straight double-double tonight versus the New Jersey Nets in the back end of a home-and-home series at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
Second-year center Greg Monroe is starting to heat up for a Detroit Pistons team riding a season-high three-game winning streak into tonight's back end of a home-and-home series against the New Jersey Nets at the Palace of Auburn Hills.
The improving Detroit Pistons shoot for a season-high fifth straight win when they take on the lowly Washington Wizards in the middle contest of a three-game homestand.
The Pistons fell to the Wizards 98-77 at home Sunday.