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Monroe, Pistons rout Hornets

Feb 11, 2015 - 4:16 AM Charlotte, NC ( - Greg Monroe had 23 points and 12 rebounds as the Detroit Pistons routed the Charlotte Hornets 106-78 on Tuesday night.

D.J. Augustin posted 18 points and five assists, while Andre Drummond added 14 points and nine boards for the Pistons, who had lost six of their last nine games coming in.

"We really didn't come out well defensively but once we got going into the rhythm of the game we got better defensively," said Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy.

Al Jefferson tallied 13 points and 10 rebounds for Charlotte, which has dropped three straight contests.

"For whatever reason we didn't have it tonight," said Jefferson. "We just have to put it behind us and get ready for the second half of the season."

The Pistons scored the final eight points of the first half to break a tie and caused further separation during the late stages of the third quarter.

After Gerald Henderson knotted the contest at 46-46 late in the second with a jumper, Detroit capped its 8-0 swing when Augustin knocked down a 3-pointer and Monroe hit a short jumper for a 54-46 advantage heading into the locker room.

Kyle Singler poured in six points during a 16-4 Pistons surge to close the third, with Monroe's layup at the horn staking them to an 83-60 margin going into the fourth.

Detroit, which trailed 27-26 following a quarter of play, cruised to the easy win over the final 12 minutes.

Game Notes

Drummond was a rebound shy of his sixth straight double-double ... Detroit improved to 4-8 since point guard Brandon Jennings went down with a torn Achilles ... Detroit held a 50-32 points in the paint advantage ... Henderson netted 17 points for Charlotte.