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Pistons vs. Grizzlies final score: Detroit thwarted in Memphis, 90-78

The Grizzlies pulled out an ugly one over the Pistons on Friday night.


The Detroit Pistons and Memphis Grizzlies scored a combined 26 points in the fourth quarter of an ugly game Friday night. Memphis came away with the win, 90-78. The Pistons played the Grizzlies even in every category except for one -- turnovers -- and it led to their demise in Memphis.

The two teams each shot 40 percent from the field, made four three-pointers and shot at least 80 percent from the free throw line. But Detroit turned the ball over 22 times to Memphis' 12, leading to Memphis taking 13 more shots than the Pistons, a margin that eventually swung what could have been a close game.

The Pistons were once again led by Greg Monroe, who stood up to Memphis' vaunted frontline with 17 points and nine rebounds. Tayshaun Prince and Brandon Knight were the other Pistons in double figures, with 15 and 10 points, respectively. Memphis had five players in double figures, with Rudy Gay leading the way with 18 points.

The Pistons dropped to 5-12 with the loss, and will take on the Mavericks on Saturday night in Dallas.