Knight, Singler boost Pistons

Aldridge returns, but Lillard's shot doesn't show in a 108-101 loss in Detroit
Nov. 26, 2012
Brandon Knight pressures Damian Lillard Monday night.
AP photo.

DETROIT - Damian Lillard had an off night, and the Detroit Pistons didn't, which led to a 108-101 victory for the Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills Monday night.

Lillard, the leading candidate for Rookie of the Year averaging nearly 20 points per game, missed his first 12 shots, while seven different Detroit players worked their way into double figures led by Brandon Knight with 26 and Kyle Singler with 16 points, 10 rebounds and five assists.

The Pistons, who lost their first eight games, shot 52 percent from the field and had five different players with two or more assists while improving to 4-11.

Portland got 32 points from LaMarcus Aldridge, who missed Sunday's game at Brooklyn with a sore back, and Lillard finished with 12 points on 4-of-18 shooting from the field. Portland got just seven points from Nicolas Batum, but only lost the battle of the bench 25-22. All of Detroit's starters, though, played 31 minutes or more.

The Blazers, who dropped to 6-8, play at winless Washington Wednesday.