NOAH TRISTER,AP Sports Writer

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Brandon Knight and Charlie Villanueva scored 19 points apiece, and the Detroit Pistons routed the Phoenix Suns 117-77 on Wednesday night.

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Detroit has won back-to-back games for the first time this season and is 5-3 since opening 0-8. The Pistons led 55-44 at halftime and then broke the game open when the Suns came unglued in the third quarter. Phoenix picked up four technical fouls in the third and trailed by as many as 44 in the fourth.

Rodney Stuckey added 18 points for Detroit. Kyle Singler and Tayshaun Prince contributed 12 each, and Greg Monroe had nine points and eight rebounds.

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Luis Scola scored 11 points for the Suns.

The Pistons avenged a 92-89 loss at Phoenix in early November.

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