When a team with the league's worst home record plays a team that hasn't won consecutive road games in over a year, something has to give.

The Pistons did just enough to erase the memory of Tuesday night's physical beating against the Grizzlies by beating the perpetually-miserable Charlotte Bobcats, 105-99, Wednesday at Time Warner Cable Arena.

The Pistons (22-34) won their seventh game away from The Palace, while the Bobcats (13-41) fell to 20-100 since the start of last season.

The win could come with a price as Brandon Knight, who was having one of his best games of the season with 21 points and five assists, was run into by Kemba Walker, hyperextending his right knee late in the third quarter.

When Knight re-entered the game with 9:12 left, he was clearly limited. He could barely move around on his ankle, and left the game for good with 8:27 left.

"Anytime you get hit in your knee, with guys having the ACLs and all that, there's nervousness," Pistons coach Lawrence Frank said. "We're optimistic. If there's further tests needed, we'll do that."

Knight was in good spirits afterwards, and is termed "day to day," though he added he probably shouldn't have gone back into the game. He admitted he felt a little doubt while writhing on the floor in pain.

"Especially when you've never been in a situation where you feel your knee moving around," Knight said. "I'm just thankful it's nothing serious. I'm a little sore but that's it. I think (the ankle) came from trying to compensate and not being ready to come out."

The guards for both teams ruled the game until Knight's injury, and Greg Monroe took over late, after getting posterized by Bobcats rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist on a one-handed dunk with 3:39 left, which cut the Pistons' lead to three.

"It was a good play, obviously," Monroe said of Kidd-Gilchrist's dunk. "It was crunch time and if that play happened or not, I would've done the same things. Guys gave me the ball, I got a bucket and we kept our composure."

Monroe scored 10 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter, adding seven rebounds and seven assists, continuing his strong February. His 17.5 points and 11.9 rebounds ranks as perhaps the best month of his career after last February, when he averaged 18.7 points and 10.7 rebounds.



From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130220/SPORTS0102/302200448#ixzz2LX42eqVh