Pistons welcome T-wolves to The Palace

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Detroit Pistons will try to stay consistent when they host the Minnesota Timberwolves Sunday at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

The Pistons have won three of their last four games following a four-game slide and got by the Denver Nuggets, 98-88, on Friday night.

The trio of D.J. Augustin, Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond proved to be too much for the Nuggets and the point guard recorded 22 points and 11 assists. Monroe added 21 points and a career-best 21 rebounds, while Drummond collected 13 points and 13 boards.

"Greg was fabulous tonight," Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy said. "He dominated."

Monroe is averaging 18.0 points and 12.9 rebounds in his last seven games.

Jodie Meeks scored 18 points off the bench. Detroit outscored the Nuggets in the paint, 52-36, and registered twice as many second-chance points, 16-8.

Augustin is running the point with Brandon Jennings done for the season and is posting an average of 20.4 points 9.0 assists over the last seven contests.

Detroit has won three in a row at home and is 10-16 at The Palace.

The Timberwolves have lost five in a row on the road, but look to extend their season-high winning streak to three games Sunday.

Minnesota has defeated legitimate foes in the Miami Heat and Memphis Grizzlies, and registered a 90-89 win over Memphis Friday night. Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio scored eight points in the final two minutes of the game and finished with a season-high 17 points and five assists.

Rubio hit the deciding free throws at the end and Memphis came up short in its final attempt at the win.

"Ricky said, 'We're not going to lose this game,'" Timberwolves head coach Flip Saunders said. "He made big plays down the stretch."

Rookie Andrew Wiggins scored 18 points, Thaddeus Young had 14 and Nikola Pekovic chipped in 13 points for Minnesota. The T-wolves scored 24 points off 18 Memphis turnovers and halted the Grizzlies' eight-game win streak.

The Wolves are only 4-21 on the road and will start a three-game homestand Monday versus Atlanta, Golden State and Phoenix.

Minnesota shoots for a series sweep of Detroit after taking the opener, 97-91, on Oct. 30 at Target Center. Young had 19 points to lead the Wolves in that one and Augustin scored 20. Minnesota has beaten Detroit nine straight times by an average of 12.8 ppg.

Detroit has lost the last four home games in this series.