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Chuck Burton, Associated Press
Detroit Pistons' Greg Monroe (10) shoots over Charlotte Bobcats' Byron Mullens (22) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, Jan. 13, 2012.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Jonas Jerebko tied a career high with 22 points and the Detroit Pistons won the race to three victories Friday night against the Charlotte Bobcats, 98-81.

Both teams entered the game with identical 2-9 records and on lengthy losing streaks: the Bobcats having lost five straight and the Pistons six in a row.

The Pistons were able to snap their streak behind the inside play of Jerebko and Greg Monroe, who chipped in with 19 points and nine rebounds. The Pistons dominated inside, scoring 50 points in the paint through the first three quarters to open a 78-59 lead.

This one wasn't even close as the Pistons led by 12 at the half and pushed it to 21 in the fourth quarter as the Bobcats never mounted a serious challenge.