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Clippers vs. Pistons final score: Detroit fades in fourth, losing 88-76

The Pistons stayed close with the Clippers through three quarters, but could not come up with enough plays late in an 88-76 loss.

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The Detroit Pistons stayed close with the Los Angeles Clippers for three quarters on Monday night, but did not muster enough firepower to come up with a victory. The Pistons fell, 88-76, as the Clippers pulled away in the fourth quarter.

Detroit (7-20) was outscored 21-20 in each of the first three quarters, so they went into the fourth quarter trailing by just three points. The Pistons immediately got the score within one, but the Clippers (18-6) responded with a 12-2 run that gave them some breathing room. Detroit would not get within six the rest of the game.

Jamal Crawford and Blake Griffin both scored 15 points to lead the Clippers. Chris Paul added 14 points and seven assists.

Brandon Knight led the Pistons with 16 points, but he shot just 5-of-16 from the field. Tayshaun Prince had 15 points and seven rebounds. Detroit shot just 40.8 percent from the field and turned the ball over 15 times.