Rodney Stuckey and Charlie Villanueva popped off the Pistons' bench, saluting Greg Monroe's effort after an offensive rebound led to a third-quarter foul on San Antonio's Tiago Splitter.

Jason Maxiell released his frustration from playing just 20 minutes on Wednesday in a violent dunk over Boris Diaw and Danny Green.

On a night where the Pistons' bright future looked ever-so-dim after the sobering news about Andre Drummond's fractured tailbone, it was going to take the Pistons changing their identity in the present to beat the league's hottest team, even with the Spurs missing two parts of its championship triumvirate.

The Pistons' 119 points was a season-high in regulation, as they snapped the Spurs' 11-game winning streak Friday at the Palace, 119-109, an improbable win considering they came into the contest losers of seven of their last nine games.

The Spurs (39-12) played without sure-fire Hall-of-Famer Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili, but they have played without both during this winning streak.

The Pistons put on their track shoes to build a 21-point lead.

"This is the way we have to play, we have to be better defensively but we have to play an uptempo game," Pistons coach Lawrence Frank said.

"We have to take advantage of a two-headed monster at all times. It's something that we're learning. Our guys are starting to figure it out."

It was mildly ironic that the Pistons (19-32) played with a speed and energy that's normally reserved for their now-idle 19-year-old rookie, but the other recipients seemed comfortable in the new style. Monroe, Charlie Villanueva and Brandon Knight, one half of the aforementioned "monster" Frank referred to, the other being Jose Calderon.