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Pistons crush Bobcats to stop skid

Jan 14, 2012 - 5:15 AM Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) - Jonas Jerebko had 22 points and nine rebounds Friday and the Pistons halted a six-game skid with a 98-81 win over the Bobcats.

Greg Monroe, who had 32 points and 16 rebounds in Thursday's loss to the Bucks, finished with 19 and nine in this one. Ben Gordon chipped in 14 points, six rebounds and five assists, while Brandon Knight had 13 points and 10 boards.

"It's a little bit of a relief, but we look at it as an opportunity to build, an opportunity to get better," Knight said of the win.

The Bobcats, losers of six straight, were led by Byron Mullens' 18 points. Kemba Walker added 16, while D.J. White and Tyrus Thomas both had 10.

"We're not playing the best we can," said White. "It takes some time but we'll get it done, I feel we will."

Mullens, a second-year center out of Ohio State, has been a rare bright spot during Charlotte's gloomy stretch. He had a career-high 21 points in Thursday's loss to the Hawks.

Still, his production has done little to compensate for the Bobcats' defensive woes. They entered Friday allowing a league-worst 102.7 points per game and did little to thwart an offensively-challenged Detroit squad.

The Pistons easily eclipsed their season average of 83.7 points per game, while shooting 48.8 percent from the floor and draining 7-of-14 three- pointers.

They led 51-39 at the half, 78-59 after three and cruised through the fourth en route to the easy win.

Game Notes

Mullens entered Friday averaging 11.9 points, 4.6 rebounds and 20.5 minutes in 11 games this season...Pistons forward Tayshaun Prince had 10 points on 5- of-11 shooting...Detroit held a 46-34 advantage on the glass.

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