Pistons beat Cavs 89-79 for 5th straight home win

Pistons beat Cavs 89-79 for 5th straight home win
December 3, 2012, 9:55 pm
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Cleveland Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao (17), of Brazil, drives on Detroit Pistons forward Jason Maxiell (54) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Auburn Hills, Mich., Monday, Dec. 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)


AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) Brandon Knight scored 17 points, Kyle Singler and Tayshaun Prince had 15 apiece and the Detroit Pistons beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 89-79 on Monday night for their fifth straight home win.

Detroit is 1-10 on the road but 5-3 at home, and the Pistons have recovered a bit after losing their first eight games of the season. They beat Phoenix by 40 last week in their previous home game, and the victory over Cleveland wasn't really as close as the score indicated.

Detroit led 56-39 at halftime after holding the Cavaliers to 29 percent shooting.

Cleveland was without guard Dion Waiters, who sat out with a sprained left ankle. Anderson Varejao had 17 points and 18 rebounds for the Cavs.