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Jonas Jerebko #33 of the Detroit Pistons reacts to a basket against the Charlotte Bobcats during their game at Time Warner Cable Arena on January 13, 2012 in Charlotte. (Getty Images)

Jonas Jerebko #33 of the Detroit Pistons reacts to a basket against the Charlotte Bobcats during their game at Time Warner Cable Arena on January 13, 2012 in Charlotte. (Getty Images)

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By STEVE REED/AP Sports Writer

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Jonas Jerebko tied a career high with 22 points and the Detroit Pistons won the race to three victories Friday night against the Charlotte Bobcats, 98-81.

Both teams entered the game with identical 2-9 records and on lengthy losing streaks: the Bobcats having lost five straight and the Pistons six in a row.

The Pistons were able to snap their streak behind the inside play of Jerebko and Greg Monroe, who chipped in with 19 points and nine rebounds. The Pistons dominated inside, scoring 50 points in the paint through the first three quarters to open a 78-59 lead.

This one wasn’t even close as the Pistons led by 12 at the half and pushed it to 21 in the fourth quarter as the Bobcats never mounted a serious challenge.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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