Monroe, Knight lead Pistons to road victory


CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Greg Monroe scored 10 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter, stepping up with Brandon Knight on the bench nursing a hyperextended right knee, to lead the Detroit Pistons to a 105-99 victory Wednesday night over the Charlotte Bobcats.

Knight had 21 points before injuring his knee late in the third quarter.

Monroe then took over, finishing with seven rebounds and seven assists as the Pistons denied the Bobcats their first back-to-back wins since November.

Jose Calderon finished with 17 points for Detroit.

Kemba Walker led Charlotte with 24 points, and Ramon Sessions had 18 points and eight assists. Byron Mullens added 15 points for the Bobcats, who have the worst record in the NBA.

The Pistons opened an 11-point lead in the fourth quarter, but the Bobcats cut it to one before Monroe scored on a spinning inside move. Calderon put away the game with a pair of free throws with 21 seconds left

The Bobcats are now 20-100 since the start of the 2011-12 season.

The Pistons were coming off a 14-point loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday night, a defeat that coach Lawrence Frank called "a real stinker."

The Pistons led 77-74 with 1:45 left in the third quarter when Knight was tripped up by Walker after he lost control of the ball in the lane.

Walker was called for a foul and Knight remained on the court for several minutes while being attended to by trainers before gingerly walking to the bench. Knight would return briefly in the fourth quarter for one possession before walking to the bench with a noticeable limp. He did not return.

Charlotte is 7-20 at home.

Rodney Stuckey added 12 points and seven rebounds off the bench for the Pistons, who are 7-18 on the road.