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BARCELONA, Spain -- Barcelona lost its second straight game without injured star Lionel Messi when Athletic Bilbao handed the defending Spanish league champions a 1-0 loss Sunday at San Mames. Forward Iker Muniain scored the winner in the 70th minute after Bilbaos incessant pressure recovered the ball and sparked a counterattack inside Barcelonas half. Neymar was once again tagged to pick up Messis goal-scoring duties, but when he wasnt frustrated by slippery footing Bilbaos defence got the better of him. Barcelona was left level on points with Atletico Madrid and three points ahead of Real Madrid after both title rivals won on Saturday. Barcelonas first defeat in the domestic league following 13 wins and one draw came five days after it lost 2-1 at 10-man Ajax in the Champions League. Barcelona hadnt suffered consecutive defeats since March. "When you lose there are always doubts and questions that arise, but one game had nothing to do with the other," Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta said. "We have to correct our mistakes. Its a loss. That can happen. We shouldnt see it any other way." Gerardo Martinos team has won once and lost twice since Messi suffered a left hamstring injury that will likely keep him out until January. And while Barcelona sputters, Atletico and Madrid keep on churning out wins. "This team isnt used to losing two consecutive games," Martino said. "And we came here with the intention of rebounding from the first loss, so its a shame not to win after we did enough to deserve it. Until Bilbao scored we were the better side, controlling the ball and creating chances for long stretches. After their goal it was a different game." Also on Sunday, Valencia beat 10-man Osasuna 3-0, Sevilla won 2-1 at Granada, and Rayo Vallecano drew 2-2 at Real Betis. The match was billed as perhaps the toughest test of the season for Barcelona coming off its first setback in 21 games and without the injured Messi, goalkeeper Victor Valdes, and defenders Dani Alves, Carles Puyol and Jordi Alba. And so it proved to be as Bilbao stayed undefeated in seven games at its new San Mames Stadium. The victory lifted it into fourth place and in the final Champions League spot. Like so many times in past meetings between the Basque and Catalan clubs, the pace remained frenetic and intense with the ball constantly changing sides until Bilbao took charge late as Barcelona faded after falling behind. "I think we played a complete game from start to finish. I am very happy to have done my part to get the win by scoring the goal," said the 20-year-old Muniain, who added that Bilbao was aided by the fact that Barcelona had played a game midweek and arrived with wearier legs. Early on, Barcelona coolly worked its way through Bilbaos pressure and just past the 10-minute mark deployed a number of one-touch passes in a series of attacks that went unrewarded. Neymar first had his strike palmed over the bar by Bilbao goalkeeper Gorka Iraizoz in the 12th before Iniesta spoiled a back-heeled flip by Sergio Busquets by firing wide. Then it was Bilbaos turn and Muniain had a golden chance to put the hosts ahead in the 29th, but he barely made contact on a deflected cross that reached him with only goalie Jose Pinto to beat. Barcelona looked to hit Bilbao on the break, but Neymar slipped several times while trying to dribble and had to change his shoes in the 34th. The new boots still didnt help the Brazil striker in the 50th when he wasted Cesc Fabregas pass by sailing his shot high, and his frustration at Carlos Gurpeguis marking boiled over and soon earned Neymar a yellow card when he retaliated. Neymar then drew a foul from Andre Iturraspe when he tackled the Brazilian from behind with only Iraizoz left. Barcelona clamoured for a red card, but the referee settled for yellow. Neymar curled the resulting free kick by the near post in the 59th. Bilbao kept up its pressure and it finally paid off when Ander Herrera stole the ball and passed to Markel Susaeta who crossed for the streaking Muniain to stab in the goal before Barcelona could recover in defence. Barcelona never threatened to equalize, and Bilbao striker Gaizka Toquero almost added a second goal when he headed into the body of Pinto in the 74th. "We said all week that we would play with the same intensity as always," Toquero said. "We pressured them well, stole a good number of balls and didnt let them play their game." Valencia forward Jonas scored a hat trick after Osasuna saw Patxi Punal sent off with a direct red for a low tackle on Dani Parejo. 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I know that Ive still got intangibles that I can bring to the floor.With the Pistons up 95-93, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope badly missed a five-footer, but Smith alertly grabbed the rebound and put it in to give the Pistons a four-point edge with 15.1 seconds to go.Smith then stripped Brandon Knight, allowing Detroit to clinch the game from the line.I give Josh a ton of credit for playing well despite the way hes struggling with his shot, Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said. Hes had a really rough time, but he gets the game-winning shot and the steal. Those were the two biggest plays of the game.Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had 19 points, including a key 3-pointer to halt a Milwaukee rally in the final minutes.The reason that KCP has the confidence to make those shots is that hes prepared, Van Gundy said. Thats how you build confidence to take shots — you shoot hundreds of balls a day and you watch them go through the net.Jabari Parker led the Bucks with 18 points, while former Piston Brandon Knight added 17 and nine assists.We didnt win, so I didnt do enough, said Parker, who was playing just his sixth NBA game. Id rather have a game where I score four points and we win than a game like this one.The Pistons led for the entire first half, looking like they were getting a grasp on Van Gundys offence. 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Van Gundy said before the season that he planned to limit the minutes that Smith, Drummond and Monroe played together — they were ineffective last season — but hes now started them in the last three games to get more defence and rebounding.FINDING THE OUTSIDE SHOT: On the first night of Detroits four-game homestand, it missed 16 of 17 3-pointers in a loss to Brooklyn. In the next two games — three-point wins over the Knicks and Bucks — the Pistons have shot 47.8 per cent from behind the arc.HANGING ON TO THE BALL: Parker and Knight combined for 35 points on 25 field-goal attempts, but turned the ball over nine times, including three in the fourth quarter.UP NEXTBucks: Host Grizzlies on Saturday.Pistons: Host Jazz on Sunday. ' ' '

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