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Pistons Pound Wizards 100-68

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Greg Monroe #10 of the Detroit Pistons goes up against Emeka Okafor #50 of the Washington Wizards during the game on December 21, 2012 at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (Photo by Allen Einstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

Greg Monroe #10 of the Detroit Pistons goes up against Emeka Okafor #50 of the Washington Wizards during the game on December 21, 2012 at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (Photo by Allen Einstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

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AUBURN HILLS (97.1 THE TICKET/AP) – Greg Monroe and Brandon Knight combined to score 30 points as the Detroit Pistons crushed the Washington Wizards 100-68 on Friday night.

As heard on 97. 1 The Ticket – the Pistons controlled the game from start to finish leading by 19 points at the half in a much-needed win for Detroit.

Rookie Andre Drummond added a double-double, with 11 points and a career-high 14 rebounds,  helping the Pistons end a six-game losing streak.

Detroit hadn’t beaten anyone other than the Cavaliers since late November.

The teams meet again Saturday night in the nation’s capital, but the Wizards will have to play a much better game to have a shot at splitting the home-and-home series.

Washington only dressed nine players, with John Wall, Trevor Ariza, Bradley Beal and Nene among the unavailable players, and lost their sixth straight.

Jordan Crawford led Washington with 20 points, but two other players reached double figures.

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