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NBA scores: Pistons making strides in the Central Division

The Detroit Pistons broke a six-game losing streak on Friday night beating the Washington Wizards 100-68 in Detroit. Despite it, the Pistons are still nine games back of Chicago in the Central Division standings.

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It's been a long season in Detroit, but for at least one game on Friday the Pistons looked as good as anyone in the NBA. Greg Monroe led five Pistons in double-figures as Detroit cruised to a 100-68 victory. Brandon Knight added 15 points for the Pistons, with rookie Andre Drummond chipping in 11 points and 14 rebounds off the bench.

For Detroit, it was just their first win in seven games and broke a losing streak, which dated back to Dec. 8 against Cleveland. It was also the Pistons first victory over anyone other than the Cavaliers since Nov. 28.

Despite the victory though, it will still be a long, uphill climb for a young Pistons team sitting toward the bottom of the Central Division standings.

Even with the win, Detroit trails Central leading Chicago by nine games and they are still eight games behind Indiana and Milwaukee, which are tied for second-place in the division. The Pistons are also 6.5 games behind Boston for what would be the Eastern Conference's eighth and final playoff spot.

And while Friday night's win was a step in the right direction, things won't get any easier in the coming week for the Pistons. Detroit will play Atlanta, Miami and Milwaukee before New Year's Day.