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Sunday, December 15th (All times Eastern)

Portland Trail Blazers (20-4) at Detroit Pistons (11-13), 6 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Portland Trail Blazers hope to have the hot hand again when they resume a four-game road trip Sunday against the Detroit Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

The Blazers opened the sojourn with Saturday's 139-105 beating of the Philadelphia 76ers and knocked down a franchise-record 21 3-pointers (21- of-37). Former Sixer Dorell Wright hit all five of his 3-point attempts en route to 15 points and both Damian Lillard and Wesley Matthews sank four.

Lillard and Matthews finished with 16 and 14 points, respectively, and LaMarcus Aldridge added a team-high 20 points to go along with 16 rebounds. Nicolas Batum ended with 17 points for the Blazers, who made 55.9 percent of their shots and improved to 10-2 away from home.

"They were all open good looks. It shows how well we're moving the ball right now," said Lillard.

Portland has won three straight and improved to 20-4 on the season. It is the first team in the competitive Western Conference to post 20 victories. The Blazers are also first in the NBA with 107.8 points per game and Houston is right behind at 107.7 ppg. The Rockets are in Sacramento Sunday.

The Blazers, winners of three straight on the road, still have to visit Cleveland and Minnesota on the trek. They will face a Pistons' defense that is allowing opponents to shoot 37.8 percent from beyond the arc.

Detroit ended a three-game losing streak its last time out, a 103-99 triumph versus the Brooklyn Nets on Friday at The Palace.

Greg Monroe finished with 22 points and 11 rebounds and Andre Drummond added 22 points and 13 boards. Drummond leads the NBA in field goal percentage (62.9) and is tops in the East with 17 double-doubles. He also ranks fourth in the NBA in rebounding, averaging 12.7 boards per game.

"I work hard at it every day and the results are going to show up sooner than later. Tonight was an example of the hard work I put into it," said Drummond.

Rodney Stuckey and Kyle Singler scored 17 and 16 points, respectively, off the bench for the Pistons, who won for the fifth time in eight tries and improved to 6-7 as the host this season. The Pistons, who once led by 21 points at 65-44, scored a season-high 38 second-quarter points behind 16 from Drummond.

Brooklyn made a run at the end for a 101-99 score, but Detroit pulled away to snap a two-game home losing streak. The Pistons outscored Brooklyn, 60-38, in the paint.

After hosting the Trail Blazers Detroit will play two straight and five of seven games on the road.

Portland handed the Pistons a 109-103 loss in the Rose City on Nov. 11 and has prevailed in eight of the last 10 matchups between the teams. The Blazers are 10-5 in the last 15 trips to The Palace.

12/15 10:31:04 ET

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2013 - 2014 Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 34 .585 --- 26-15 22-19 32-20 L 1
x-Brooklyn 44 38 .537 4 28-13 16-25 26-26 L 2
New York 37 45 .451 11 19-22 18-23 26-26 W 4
Boston 25 57 .305 23 16-25 9-32 21-31 L 2
Philadelphia 19 63 .232 29 10-31 9-32 14-38 W 2
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 56 26 .683 --- 35-6 21-20 38-14 W 2
x-Chicago 48 34 .585 8 27-14 21-20 35-17 L 1
Cleveland 33 49 .402 23 19-22 14-27 21-31 W 1
Detroit 29 53 .354 27 17-24 12-29 23-29 L 4
Milwaukee 15 67 .183 41 10-31 5-36 12-40 L 3
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 28 .659 --- 32-9 22-19 34-18 L 3
x-Washington 44 38 .537 10 22-19 22-19 33-19 W 4
x-Charlotte 43 39 .524 11 25-16 18-23 30-22 W 3
x-Atlanta 38 44 .463 16 24-17 14-27 28-24 W 1
Orlando 23 59 .280 31 19-22 4-37 17-35 L 4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
2013 - 2014 Western Conference Standings
 
Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 59 23 .720 --- 34-7 25-16 36-16 W 1
x-Portland 54 28 .659 5 31-10 23-18 31-21 W 5
Minnesota 40 42 .488 19 24-17 16-25 23-29 L 3
Denver 36 46 .439 23 22-19 14-27 20-32 L 2
Utah 25 57 .305 34 16-25 9-32 13-39 W 1
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 25 .695 --- 34-7 23-18 36-16 L 1
x-Golden State 51 31 .622 6 27-14 24-17 31-21 W 2
Phoenix 48 34 .585 9 26-15 22-19 28-24 W 1
Sacramento 28 54 .341 29 17-24 11-30 15-37 L 1
LA Lakers 27 55 .329 30 14-27 13-28 15-37 W 2
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 20 .756 --- 32-9 30-11 38-14 L 2
x-Houston 54 28 .659 8 33-8 21-20 31-21 L 1
x-Memphis 50 32 .610 12 27-14 23-18 29-23 W 5
x-Dallas 49 33 .598 13 26-15 23-18 29-23 L 1
New Orleans 34 48 .415 28 22-19 12-29 15-37 W 2
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
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