AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Chris Kaman's family and friends always come to see him when he visits Detroit. The center's play in the post finally sent them home with happy memories.
The Michigan native scored 26 points Friday night on 11 for 13 shooting to help the Los Angeles Clippers top the Pistons 104-96 and end a 13-game skid against Detroit.
"They always come," Kaman said, "but it's a lot nicer to win here. I've never won a game here before."
The former Central Michigan standout had a pair of baskets in the final minutes to help thwart a Pistons rally and lead the Clippers to their third win in four tries.
Jerebko's 3-pointer halfway through the fourth quarter gave the Pistons an 87-86 lead. The Clippers answered with a 7-0 run, including consecutive baskets from Thornton, to regain the lead for good. Thornton was 5 for 6 from the floor and scored 12 points in the final period.
"I was asleep the first three quarters, but I woke up in the fourth quarter," he said. "Getting a win here makes it a pretty good trip."
The Clippers were outrebounded 43-35 but made up for it by blocking nine Detroit shots and holding the Pistons to 40 percent field-goal shooting while making almost 60 percent. The Clippers outscored the Pistons 46-26 in the paint.
"We've got a lot of guys who can post up," coach Mike Dunleavy said. "We took advantage of it."
"Their interior passing was superior to ours and Kaman did a really good job of sizing up what he wanted to and knocking down open looks," Pistons coach John Kuester said.
Rookie Austin Daye made his first career start in Gordon's place and scored a career-best 13 points.
Eric Gordon, playing his second game since missing eight straight with a groin injury, came off the bench to score 14 points for the Clippers.
"We had a lot of guys chip in," added Dunleavy, who said he was happy to hear his son, Mike, played his first game in almost a year for Indiana on Friday.
Notes: Los Angeles C DeAndre Jordan (right ankle sprain) missed his third straight game. ... Davis was assessed a technical foul after arguing with an official in the first quarter. ... Detroit's last home loss to the Clippers was Feb. 19, 2001.