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Pistons Stop Cleveland

  • Detroit Pistons forward Jason Maxiell (54) and Cleveland Cavaliers guard Jeremy Pargo (8) vie for the ball in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Auburn Hills, Monday, Dec. 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

    Detroit Pistons forward Jason Maxiell (54) and Cleveland Cavaliers guard Jeremy Pargo (8) vie for the ball in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Auburn Hills, Monday, Dec. 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

  • Detroit Pistons forward Jason Maxiell (54) and Cleveland Cavaliers guard Jeremy Pargo (8) vie for the ball in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Auburn Hills, Monday, Dec. 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

    Detroit Pistons forward Jason Maxiell (54) and Cleveland Cavaliers guard Jeremy Pargo (8) vie for the ball in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Auburn Hills, Monday, Dec. 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

  • Cleveland Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao (17), of Brazil, drives on Detroit Pistons forward Jason Maxiell (54) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Auburn Hills, Mich., Monday, Dec. 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

    Cleveland Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao (17), of Brazil, drives on Detroit Pistons forward Jason Maxiell (54) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Auburn Hills, Mich., Monday, Dec. 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

  • Cleveland Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao (17), of Brazil, drives on Detroit Pistons forward Jason Maxiell (54) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Auburn Hills, Mich., Monday, Dec. 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

    Cleveland Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao (17), of Brazil, drives on Detroit Pistons forward Jason Maxiell (54) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Auburn Hills, Mich., Monday, Dec. 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

  • Portland Trail Blazers' Wesley Matthews (2) battles for a rebound with Charlotte Bobcats' Kemba Walker, left, and Byron Mullens (22) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Monday, Dec. 3, 2012. The Trail Blazers won 118-112 in overtime. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

    Portland Trail Blazers' Wesley Matthews (2) battles for a rebound with Charlotte Bobcats' Kemba Walker, left, and Byron Mullens (22) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Monday, Dec. 3, 2012. The Trail Blazers won 118-112 in overtime. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

  • Detroit Pistons forward Jason Maxiell (54) and Cleveland Cavaliers guard Jeremy Pargo (8) vie for the ball in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Auburn Hills, Monday, Dec. 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
  • Detroit Pistons forward Jason Maxiell (54) and Cleveland Cavaliers guard Jeremy Pargo (8) vie for the ball in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Auburn Hills, Monday, Dec. 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
  • Cleveland Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao (17), of Brazil, drives on Detroit Pistons forward Jason Maxiell (54) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Auburn Hills, Mich., Monday, Dec. 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
  • Cleveland Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao (17), of Brazil, drives on Detroit Pistons forward Jason Maxiell (54) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Auburn Hills, Mich., Monday, Dec. 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
  • Portland Trail Blazers' Wesley Matthews (2) battles for a rebound with Charlotte Bobcats' Kemba Walker, left, and Byron Mullens (22) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Monday, Dec. 3, 2012. The Trail Blazers won 118-112 in overtime. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Auburn Hills, Mich. — Andre Drummond was drafted to shore up Detroit’s interior defense — and the Cleveland Cavaliers found out just how active the young big man can be around the basket.

Drummond had seven points, 12 rebounds and three blocks last night as the Pistons won their fifth straight home game, 89-79 over Cleveland. Brandon Knight scored 17 points and Kyle Singler and Tayshaun Prince added 15 apiece for Detroit.

The Pistons blocked 13 shots, their most since also reaching that number against Philadelphia on April 15, 2007.

“I think being in position, first,” coach Lawrence Frank said. “If you’re in position, then you can get a block, a charge, a deflection. If you’re out of position, you can’t even put yourself even in position to block a shot.”

Detroit is 1-10 on the road but 5-3 at home, and the Pistons have recovered a bit after losing their first eight games of the season. They beat Phoenix by 40 last week in their previous home game, and the victory over Cleveland wasn’t really as close as the score indicated.

Detroit led 56-39 at halftime after holding the Cavaliers to 29 percent shooting. Cleveland shot 34 percent for the game.

Cleveland was without guard Dion Waiters, who sat out with a sprained left ankle. Anderson Varejao had 17 points and 18 rebounds for the Cavs.

Trail Blazers 118
Bobcats 112 (ot)

Charlotte, n.c. — LaMarcus Aldridge had 25 points and 13 rebounds, Luke Babbitt hit a pair of clutch 3-pointers and Portland overcame an 18-point fourth quarter to beat Charlotte in overtime.

The Blazers trailed 97-79 with 5:17 left in regulation, but stormed back to tie the score and sent it into overtime on Babbitt’s 3 with 22 seconds left.

Portland never trailed in overtime.

Damian Lillard scored 24 points and Nicolas Batum added 17 points for the Blazers, who finished a road trip with two straight wins.

Hornets 102, Bucks 81

New Orleans — Ryan Anderson scored 22 points, Robin Lopez added 21 and New Orleans won for only the second time in 11 games, beating Milwaukee.

Lopez shot 8 of 10 from the field and made all five free throws he attempted. He also scored 11 straight points during a pivotal 13-0 run in the third quarter that gave New Orleans the lead for good.

Jason Smith added 12 points and Greivis Vasquez had 11 for the Hornets, who shot 52.4 percent (43 of 82).

Brandon Jennings hit five 3-pointers and finished with 25 points. Monta Ellis added 17 for Milwaukee, which shot 38.2 percent (29 of 76) from the field.