CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Brandon Knight carried the Detroit Pistons for three quarters, then watched as Greg Monroe and Jose Calderon closed it out.
Knight had 21 points before hyperextending his right knee late in the third quarter with the Pistons up by three.
Monroe stepped up and delivered, scoring 10 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter as the Pistons earned a much-needed 105-99 win over the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday night.
"He had his momentum going down the stretch," said Bobcats guard Ramon Sessions. "It's tough to stop a player like him when he's playing the way he did."
Calderon finished with 17 points, including two key free throws to seal the game with 21 seconds left.
Monroe and Calderon accounted for Detroit's final 15 points.
The Bobcats are now 20-100 since the start of the 2011-12 season.
The Pistons led 77-74 with 1:45 left in the third quarter when Knight was tripped up by Bobcats point guard Kemba Walker after Walker lost control of the ball in the lane. Walker was called for a foul and Knight remained on the court for several minutes before getting up and gingerly walking to the bench.
Knight would return briefly in the fourth quarter for one possession before injuring his ankle because he was overcompensating for his injured knee.
At that point, Knight walked to the bench with a noticeable limp and did not return.
Knight said he wanted to continue. He's uncertain if he'll play Friday night at Indiana.
"You've got to listen to your body sometimes, but as a competitor when your team is in a close game, you always want to play, especially when you have an opportunity to put a team away," Knight said. "As long as we won, I'm happy. That's what I'm most happy about."
The Pistons can thank Monroe for that.
The second-year center muscled his way into the lane for some key baskets late in the game against the less physical Bobcats.
"We all stepped and played well tonight," Monroe said. "We got into attack mode tonight. They drew up some plays for me in the post tonight. I just tried to make the right decision and took advantage of some one-on-one action and was able to make some plays at the rim."