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Knight scores 30; Pistons beat Cavs 104-97

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 8, 2012 at 10:30 pm •  Published: December 8, 2012

CLEVELAND (AP) — Brandon Knight made sure the Detroit Pistons got a needed road win.

Knight scored a career-high 30 points and the Pistons defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers for the second time in six days with a 104-97 win on Saturday night.

The Pistons, who won for just the second time in 12 road games this season, took control with a run that began late in the third quarter and carried into the fourth period.

Besides winning on the road, Pistons coach Lawrence Frank was pleased to see his team rebound from Friday night's home loss to Chicago in which Detroit squandered a 17-point lead in the first half.

"It's great to bounce back from last night," he said. "We were able to hold on and get a good win on the road."

Tayshaun Prince scored 14 points while Jason Maxiell added 11 for the Pistons, who defeated the Cavaliers 89-79 on Monday in Auburn Hills, Mich.

Jeremy Pargo scored 24 points for Cleveland, which has lost five straight, nine of 10 and 15 of 17.

Knight scored 23 points in the second half, including 13 in the fourth quarter. His 3-pointer late in the third period gave Detroit the lead for good, 71-68.

"It was just me taking more advantage of the shots I did have," Knight said. "They did a great job contesting my shots in the first half — not that they didn't in the second — but I was more aggressive doing my job."

Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao, who scored 16 points and had 13 rebounds, went to the locker room late in the second quarter with a bruised left elbow. X-rays were negative and he returned to begin the third quarter with the elbow wrapped.

Cleveland again played without leading scorers Kyrie Irving (broken left index finger) and Dion Waiters (sprained left ankle).

Cavaliers coach Byron Scott said there's a chance one or both could return for Tuesday's game against the Los Angeles Lakers, but neither player has been cleared by doctors. The latest loss had Scott repeating a point he's made several times recently.

"We almost have to play near perfect," he said. "We're going to make mistakes on both ends of the floor, but our guys are competing. That's all I can ask for."

"I don't want guys to start waiting for Kyrie and Dion to come back," guard Daniel Gibson said. "Yeah, we're down a closer or two, but we've had opportunities to win these games."

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