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Aldridge has 31, Portland beats Detroit 112-101.

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 17, 2013 at 12:56 am •  Published: March 17, 2013

Bynum's jumper pushed Detroit's lead to 50-41, but Portland scored the final six points of the half to close the margin to 57-52. Stuckey led all players with 17 first-half points.

Stuckey, who sustained a bad cut to his forehead during the game after a head-to-head collision, has been starting in place of Knight.

"I've been given the opportunity to do this the last couple of games, and it's been working," he said. "But more importantly, though, we lost. We just have to come out and get more stops defensively, because that's what hurt us tonight."

The Blazers opened the second half with an 11-2 run, capped by Aldridge's jumper, to go in front 63-59.

Greg Monroe's layup pulled the Pistons into a 73-all tie before Bynum's high-arching running jumper gave Detroit back the lead.

Portland opened the fourth quarter with Aldridge's jump shot to go ahead 79-75. It was Aldridge's fifth game this season with more than 30 points and 10 rebounds.

Hickson had 18 points and 15 rebounds and all of Portland starters were in double figures.

Bynum had 23 points off the bench.

The Pistons continue to play under assistant coach Brian Hill. Head coach Lawrence Frank did not accompany the team on the road trip to attend to be with his wife, who is ill.

"As far as the character and the work of our guys, I thought they played their hearts out tonight," Hill said.

Notes: Singler is a native Oregonian and led South Medford High School to the state championship his senior year. He was greeted with warm applause from the Rose Garden crowd during introductions, but wound up with just four points for Detroit. "I didn't really play up to my level but it was fun playing in front of this crowd," said Singer, who had about a dozen family members and friends at the game. ... Director Gus Van Sant, Academy Award nominee for Good Will Hunting and Milk, was at the game. ... The Pistons won the other meeting between the teams this season, 108-101 on Nov. 26 in Detroit. ... The Blazers have won five straight against Detroit at the Rose Garden.