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AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- With interim coach John Loyer hoarsely shouting instructions, Brandon Jennings and the Detroit Pistons ran away from the San Antonio Spurs in the third quarter. Jennings finished with 21 points, and the Pistons beat San Antonio 109-100 on Monday night in Loyers first game at the helm. Detroit abruptly fired Maurice Cheeks on Sunday after only 50 games as coach, but although theyve been unimpressive for the most part this season, the Pistons have played better lately. The comfortable win over the Spurs was Detroits fifth in seven games. "I told them it was going to be an emotional day," Loyer said. "I told them I thought we can play, collectively, for longer periods of time better than we have." Rodney Stuckey scored 20 points for the Pistons, and Greg Monroe added 15 points and 10 rebounds. Marco Belinelli led the Spurs with 20 points. Detroit pulled even with Charlotte for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, and the Pistons have shown flashes recently of the potential they thought theyd have this season. After signing Josh Smith and trading for Jennings in the off-season, Detroit is barely ahead of last seasons pace in terms of wins and losses. Jennings has been terrific lately, though. After scoring 35 points with 12 assists Saturday against Denver, he orchestrated another strong offensive effort Monday. San Antonio, meanwhile, turned the ball over eight times in the third quarter, when Detroit pushed its lead from 11 to 20. The Spurs finished with 19 turnovers, giving the Pistons all the help they would need. "We lost the game because we probably played the worst defence weve played all season, especially in the first half," San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. "We didnt bring it mentally or physically, and the Pistons did." Loyers sideline demeanour was quite a change from Cheeks more calm approach. At one point, Loyer came all the way across midcourt to give instructions as the Pistons were trying to hold on. "Theyre both two different coaches," Jennings said. "One is loud, the other one is kind of laid back. Theyre both great guys -- especially Cheeks. Hes like a father figure to me, so hes definitely going to be missed. But this is the NBA, so I know how that goes." The Pistons went on a 12-2 run in the third to take a 73-52 lead, then added a few more highlights later in that quarter. Smith threw down a one-handed dunk after a turnover by San Antonio, and Jennings made a layup after Detroits Andre Drummond blocked Aron Baynes shot emphatically off the glass. Jennings missed from the perimeter, then stole the ball near midcourt and went in for a three-point play to make it 84-62. "I told the guys today, just when we were in the locker room, Im so proud of them," Loyer said. "I only thought there was about a three-minute period where they showed more energy, more determination than us. You show determination, hustle for 45 of the 48 minutes, youre going to be pretty successful most nights." San Antonio is in the midst of a nine-game road swing. Belinelli was back after dealing with back spasms, but the Spurs were without Manu Ginobili (left hamstring) and Kawhi Leonard (right hand). The Pistons went on a 15-4 run in the second quarter, capped by a 3-pointer by Jennings that put them ahead 57-45. "They played hard," San Antonios Danny Green said. "They wanted to play with some passion and they got loose balls." NOTES: The Pistons have won five straight at home after starting 7-15 at The Palace. ... After Cheeks firing, Popovich was asked about the key to his longevity with the Spurs. "I have information on everybody," he joked. "And Ive threatened everybody Ill let it out unless they keep me as long as I want to stay." ... 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There were no insults on a media conference call between the 205-pound mixed martial arts stars, who came to blows at an August news conference in the lobby of the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. In terms of the heat between us, I dont think thats gone anywhere. I just think now you see two guys that are only six days from fighting. Like whats the point of us yelling and screaming at each other anymore? Cormier said on the call Monday evening. Thats done ... Theres no point to that any more. Whats it going to do? All the arguing, all the yelling, all the name-calling, it motivated me during my training. Whats the point in it any more? It serves no more purpose. Added Jones: The fight is here. Theres nothing that can be said or anything to change the outcome of this fight. The work is done. The camp is over. And for me to sit here and be unprofessional and try to insult him and come at him and get in this bickering match to sell a few more pay-per-views, I dont need to, I dont need it. The fights going to sell and the works already been done. Theres a time and place for everything and all the beef and all the craziness was appropriate then. It motivated me, Im sure it motivated him to have great camps. Now the fight is here. The Nevada State Athletic Commission fined Jones US$50,000 and Cormier $9,000 for the Aug. 4 brawl that sent bodies flying after the two fighters clashed during a photo op. Jones (20-1) was ordered to serve four days of community service while Cormier (15-0) was given two days. The taller champion put his forehead on Cormiers face, prompting the challenger to shove him back and soon the backdrop and bodies were flying. The ill feelings continued later that day as the two fighters, from separate rooms at the UFC office, exchanged insults over a satellite feed after an ESPN interview. I wish they would let me next door so I could spit in your face, Cormier, adding an F-bomb, said after the two traded insults. You know I would absolutely kill you if you ever did something like that, replied Jones. You could never kill me, Cormier responded. I bet you I could, said Jones. Then you should try, Jon, Cormier countered. The UFC detailed all the darts and arrows in a special advance TV show on UFC 182 called Bad Blood. The two fighterrs have had to wait to face off in the cage.dddddddddddd They were originally slated to meet at UFC 178 in September but the bout was pushed back to January after Jones suffered a leg injury during training. Cormier, 35, says their beef dates years back to when Jones disrespected him in their first meeting. Jones, 27, disputes the recollection but at this stage, it hardly matters. The two dont like each other and that sells in the high testosterone, occasionally cartoon-like world of the UFC. They have gone at it since the fight was originally announced in July, with Cormier replacing injured No. 1 contender Alexander (The Mauler) Gustafsson after the Swede was sidelined by a knee injury. Jones had defeated Gustafsson in an epic five-rounder at UFC 163 in Toronto in September 2013. In the wake of their fight announcement, Jones sent Cormier a I hope youre ready to come to daddy message on social media. Cormier replied via Twitter: I am. Im going to (mess) you up with an F-bomb thrown in for good measure. Cormier also was quick to talk up his Break Bones T-shirts. Tweeted Jones: This is the fight I wanted in the first place. Nothing like fresh meat #Champion2014 Jones young daughter even got into the act, via an Instagram video. DC. My dads going to beat you up. Guaranteed, said the six-year-old. For Jones, Saturday marks the eighth defence of the light-heavyweight title he won from Mauricio (Shogun) Rua at UFC 128 in March 2011 to become the UFCs youngest champion at 23. Jones, an immense physical puzzle at six foot four with an 84-inch reach, has since defeated Quinton (Rampage) Jackson, Lyoto Machida, Rashad Evans, Vitor Belfort, Chael Sonnen, Gustafsson and Glover Teixeira. Cormier, ranked second among UFC light-heavyweight contenders, is a former Olympic wrestler who finished fourth at the 2004 Games in Athens. The five-foot-11 Cormier, a former heavyweight, has won four straight since joining the UFC from Strikeforce where he was heavyweight Grand Prix champion. He has out-struck every UFC or Strikeforce opponent he has faced but this time will have to wade through Jones 12-inch reach advantage to get at the champion. Jones is currently ranked No. 1 in the UFCs pound-for-pound pantheon. Cormier is No. 14. Every fighter between is a current or former champion. So will the fighters bury the hatchet Saturday in Sin City? You know you gain a level of respect by sharing the Octagon with someone, said Cormier. I dont know whats going to happen after the fight. It doesnt really matter to me one way or the other. Said Jones: Every guy Ive beat, Ive had a pretty solid relationship with. Im cordial and theyre cordial. I just kind of go on about my merry life. The bookies have Jones as less than a 2-1 favourite. --- Follow @NeilMDavidson on Twitter Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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