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               === Pistons snap Spurs' 11-game winning streak ===
 
 Auburn  Hills,  MI (Sports Network) -  Greg Monroe scored 26 points and pulled
 down  16 rebounds  and Brandon Knight scored 24 points, as the Detroit Pistons
 earned a hard-fought 119-109 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Friday.
 
 Charlie  Villanueva  came off  the bench  and contributed  21 points on 5-of-9
 shooting  from  behind the arc for  the Pistons, who ended a three-game losing
 streak.  Kyle Singler  added 14  points and  seven boards  and Rodney  Stuckey
 donated 11 points, four assists and six rebounds in the victory.
 
 "I  thought to begin the game we had a great rhythm and flow, outside of maybe
 two of the first eight possessions, of just really working everything we did,"
 Detroit  coach Lawrence  Frank said. "Whether it was in transition working our
 offense, or really getting quality shots and great ball movement, and just not
 settling for first option opportunities."
 
 The  Pistons  played without rookie center  Andre Drummond, who is expected to
 miss  4-to-6 weeks  after  recently sustaining  a lower  back  injury. He  had
 averages of 7.3 points, 7.5 rebounds (second among NBA rookies) and 1.7 blocks
 per contest.
 
 Tony Parker had 31 points and dished out eight helpers for the Spurs, who lost
 for  the first time in their last 12 games. Kawhi Leonard scored 16 points and
 Danny  Green added  15 --  all on  5-of-7 shooting  from 3-point  range --  in
 defeat.
 
 The Spurs were without forward Tim Duncan, who missed the game because of knee
 and  ankle issues,  and guard Manu Ginobili, who missed his third straight due
 to a left hamstring injury.
 
 "We are not going to try and find any excuses," Parker said. "They just played
 well  and  you have to give  them credit. They made  a lot of threes when they
 needed it and they made stops when they needed it."
 
 Detroit  owned a 65-52 halftime lead that was increased just over five minutes
 into  the third  quarter, when  Jason Maxiell's  putback slam  made the  score
 77-63.
 
 As  the quarter came to a close, Stuckey and Monroe accounted for the majority
 of the Detroit offense, helping the Pistons finish the final four minutes on a
 14-6 flurry which saw the home team enter the final period ahead 95-78.
 
 Both  teams heated up  in the fourth quarter, as the Spurs threatened the make
 the  game interesting  when Green's  triple  with 7:17  remaining brought  the
 visitors within 101-93.
 
 Detroit  responded  with a  trey by  Villanueva and a  quick Will Bynum layup,
 however, to stretch its lead back to 13 points.
 
 Green  and  Parker, however, returned  the favor  with a 3-pointer and driving
 lay-in,  respectively,  to pull the Spurs  within 106-98 with 5 1/2 minutes to
 play.
 
 The  Pistons, though, were determined to end their losing ways -- two of their
 last  three  loses  came by  three  points  or  less  -- and  Villanueva's  3-
 pointer  with 2:01  remaining made it 116-105 in Detroit's favor, allowing the
 Pistons to hold on to the win.
 
 Detroit trailed early in the first quarter, but capitalized offensively with a
 19-7 run that helped the Pistons take a 31-23 lead into the second.
 
 Villanueva  nailed three  3-pointers and  registered  11 points  alone in  the
 second  quarter  as the  Pistons' turned  things up  with a fast-paced attack.
 Monroe's lay-in with 7:02 before the break started a flurry which saw the home
 team turn a 10-point lead into a 65-44 advantage with 1:42 left in the stanza.
 
 San Antonio closed out the second quarter with eight straight points, however,
 to cut its deficit to 13 at intermission.
 
 The  Pistons  played a solid  first half,  shooting 59.1 percent while getting
 four players -- Villanueva, Singler, Knight and Monroe -- in double-figures.
 
 "It was Detroit playing much better than we did all around," San Antonio coach
 Gregg  Popovich said. "I thought Coach Frank's squad was really well prepared.
 They  had a lot of juice. They beat us to the boards and they beat us to loose
 balls.  They  were very unselfish  at the offensive end  and moved the ball to
 open three point shooters."
 
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Villanueva,  Stuckey and  Bynum accounted for all of Detroit's 41 bench points
 ...  The  Pistons shot 51.7 percent  (46-of-89) for the game, compared to 45.7
 percent  (37-of-81) for  the  Spurs ...  Detroit held  an  49-33 advantage  in
 rebounds ... Duncan has only played twice in the Spurs' last nine games.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 02/08 23:19:18 ET