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                   === Jerebko leads Pistons past Bobcats ===
 
 Auburn  Hills,  MI (Sports  Network) -  Jonas Jerebko had  21 points and eight
 rebounds  off the bench as the Detroit Pistons defeated the Charlotte Bobcats,
 113-93, on Friday.
 
 Brandon Knight scored 19 points while Will Bynum recorded a double-double with
 15  points  and 10  assists for  the Pistons in  their third straight victory.
 Andre Drummond also had 15 points and grabbed nine rebounds.
 
 "We  have  eight quarters of basketball,  we want to try  to win as many as we
 could,"  said Pistons  coach  Lawrence Frank.  "We've won  three  of the  four
 tonight  and  let's just focus  on continue  to try to  finish the season on a
 positive  note. We've  gotten good  play from  different guys  and we've  been
 playing  good basketball these last six games and we just want to continue and
 follow through with it."
 
 Kemba  Walker  had a game-high  28 points for the  Bobcats, who have lost four
 straight and seven of their last eight games. Josh McRoberts had 17 points and
 seven rebounds and Gerald Henderson added 15 in defeat.
 
 "It's  never going  to be an easy turnaround," said Bobcats coach Mike Dunlap.
 "Basically,  it's an  amalgamation for  your young,  using some  veterans, and
 then  you have five  or six new players. So, as far as keeping our eyes on the
 ball, sure we'd like to win some more games, but I think there's been progress
 made and I think people can see that."
 
 Knight  drilled a  shot from behind the  arc with 1:45 remaining in the second
 quarter  to not only take a 54-53 lead, but started an 8-0 spurt to finish the
 half. Jerebko drilled a 3-pointer with one second left and Detroit had a 59-53
 lead at halftime.
 
 The Pistons never looked back.
 
 The  Bobcats  struggled in  the third,  shooting 27.3  percent from the field,
 including  1-of-8 from behind the arc. Meanwhile, the Pistons were in control,
 shooting 52.9 percent, as all five starters contributed on the floor.
 
 Entering the fourth quarter, the Pistons had an 87-73 advantage.
 
 With  a  commanding lead, Detroit  gave its  bench players ample playing time,
 particularly Bynum, who scored 11 points in the period.
 
 The  Bobcats'  shooting percentage improved  greatly, but still scored only 20
 points in the frame.
 
 Charlotte did not have a field goal in the final 2:54 of the game.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Greg  Monroe had four steals for Detroit ... The Pistons outscored the Bobcats
 58-28 in the paint ... Detroit wins the season series 3-1 ... The Pistons have
 won  eight of  their last nine games against the Bobcats ... Charlotte's 18-61
 record is the worst in the NBA, two games worse than Orlando, with three games
 left on the schedule.
 
 
 04/13 00:05:53 ET