Rockets 97, Pistons 80: Prince’s 20 points not enough as Detroit loses

Houston Rockets forward Luis Scola posts-up against Pistons forward Ben Wallace. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip).

Six Houston Rockets’ players scored double-figure points, beating the Detroit Pistons 97-80 Tuesday Night at the Toyota Center.

Forward Luis Scola and center Samuel Dalembert led the Rockets with 14 points each, in a game dominated by Houston early and late.

Pistons center Greg Monroe had a uncharacteristic game, scoring four points on 2-of-9 shooting.

Instead, Detroit’s scoring came from veteran small forward Tayshaun Prince. He scored 20 points – 10 of which came in the first quarter. Starting guards Brandon Knight and Ben Gordon held their own in the backcourt, scoring 18 and 15 points respectively, but it wasn’t nearly enough to stop a Rockets’ offense that shot 49.4 percent from the floor.

Point guard Will Bynum, strained right foot and forward Charlie Villanueva, sore right ankle didn’t play.

The Pistons have fallen in eight of the last nine games. Detroit tries to erase its losing ways at 8 p.m. Wednesday against the Timberwolves at the Target Center.

Mavericks 100, Pistons 86: Detroit loses fifth-straight game

Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki shoots a fade-away jump shot against Pistons forward Jonas Jerebko. The Mavericks won 100-86. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

The Detroit Pistons haven’t dropped in the Central division standings, but they didn’t help themselves Monday night.

The Pistons dropped to 2-8 after losing their fifth-straight game, 100-86 against the Dallas Mavericks at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

The Mavericks, led by Dirk Nowitzki’s 18 points on 9-of-10 shooting, had a 10-point lead at the end of the first quarter and never looked back.

Dallas had 28 assists in retrospect to the 17 by Detroit, even without point guard Jason Kidd, who was inactive.

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Knicks 103, Pistons 80: 39-point second quarter pushes New York to victory

Pistons center Greg Monroe works down low against Knicks center Tyson Chandler. The Knicks won 103-80. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

The second quarter was one to forget for the Detroit Pistons in their 103-80 loss against the New York Knicks Saturday at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

Trailing 25-24 after the first quarter, the Pistons went flat.

The Knicks opened a 14-0 run in the second quarter en route to a 39-point second quarter.

Forward Amar’e Stoudemire scored a game-high 22 points on 8-of-15 shooting, leading a group of six New York double-digit scorers.

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76ers 96, Pistons 73: Detroit drops second-straight game

Detroit center Greg Monroe tries to defend 76ers forward Spencer Hawes in Philadelphia's 96-73 victory. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

The Detroit Pistons were without starting guards’ Rodney Stuckey and Ben Gordon and it cost them against the Philadelphia 76ers Friday night at the Wells Fargo Center.

Philadelphia guard Jodie Meeks scored a team-high 21 points, leading it to a 96-73 victory.

It was the home opener for the 76ers after opening the season with five-straight road games.

The Pistons, who were led by center Greg Monroe’s 22 points, dropped to 0-3 on the road.

Monroe continues to show that he is one of the leader’s on the offensive end. He is second on the team in scoring with 15.7 points per game.

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Pistons 89, Magic 78: Detroit on two-game winning streak

Ben Gordon defends Jason Richardson in the Pistons 89-78 win. (Robin Buckson/Detroit News)

The Detroit Pistons are on a winning streak after beating the Orlando Magic 89-78 at the Palace of Auburn Hills Monday night in front of 8,120.

After starting the lockout-shortened NBA season 0-3, the Pistons have won two straight, winning tonight and beating the Indiana Pacers 96-88 on Dec. 31.

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Celtics 96, Pistons 85: Detroit only one-of-three winless teams left after Boston wins its first

Pistons center Greg Monroe shoots a hook shot over Greg Stiemsma. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer).

It was a battle of winless teams between the Detroit Pistons and Boston Celtics in Boston Friday night at the TD Garden. One team had to win its first game of the season.

And with it, the margin of winless teams is down to three after the Celtics beat the Pistons 96-85.

“We lost a little bit of our poise on the offensive end,” said Pistons head coach Lawrence Frank. “It took us a while to regroup and respond. By the time we found a little bit of our rhythm, they scored.”

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Cleveland 105, Detroit 89: Cavs bench dominates in win

Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving goes up for a layup in their 105-89 victory over the Pistons on Wednesday night. Irving scored 14 points. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

Rookie guards Kyrie Irving and Brandon Knight are adjusting just fine from college to professional basketball.

Irving, the first overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, scored 14 points, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 105-89 victory over the Detroit Pistons Wednesday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

“In the last game, I wasn’t enjoying the game,” Irving said. “I think I wanted to be so serious. I wasn’t joking around and there was no smile on my face. It’s just about feeling comfortable out there.”

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Pacers 91, Pistons 79: Poor rebounding causes opening-game loss for Detroit

Indiana's newly acquired forward David West backs down Pistons forward Jonas Jerekbo in the Pacers 91-79 win Monday night. West finished with 11 points and 12 rebounds. AP Photo/Darron Cummings.

New owner, new head coach and new season, but it wasn’t a new look for the Detroit Pistons in its season opener tonight against the Indiana Pacers.

The Pistons lost their second-consecutive season opener, losing 91-79 in a game that exposed their lack of frontcourt talent.

Detroit was outrebounded 53-40 and it led to 12 more shots for the Pacers.

“”We are a work in progress,” said head coach Lawrence Frank. “Its one game. They outplayed us tonight”

Second-year center Greg Monroe, figured to be a building block, was in foul trouble throughout the game, failing to get into a rhythm. He finished with eight points in just 21 minutes.

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Pistons haven’t named starting lineup for Dec. 26 season opener against Indiana

The Detroit Pistons haven't announced a starting lineup for their Dec. 26 season opener against the Indiana Pacers. Nine players have started in the two exhibition games. Allen Einstein/NBAE/Getty Images.

Detroit Pistons head coach Lawrence Frank said at training camp that  it’s more about who fits well together in the starting lineup rather than who the five best players are.

A starting lineup hasn’t been determined for the Dec. 26 season opener against the Indiana Pacers.

Nine different players have started in two exhibition games this season.

“I’ve talked to the team about it,” Frank said after today’s practice. “But we’ll have to see based on health and on performance.”

Center Greg Monroe was the only player who started both games, scoring 12 points in each.

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