NBA Game Summary - Washington at Detroit
(Wednesday, April 6th)
Final Score: Detroit 105, Washington 93,
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Ben Wallace scored 21 points and was a lion on the boards, pulling down 18 rebounds to lead Detroit past Washington, 105-93, at The Palace.
Chauncey Billups netted 19 points and dished out seven assists for the Pistons, who have won four straight and 10 of their last 14 contests. Antonio McDyess also tallied 19 points and Tayshaun Prince had 17 and 10 rebounds in the win.
"I thought (offensively) we played in spots about as good as we can play," Pistons head coach Larry Brown stated. "But then we started to turn the ball over in the third quarter. It was phenomenal the way we moved the ball at the end of the half and into the beginning of the third quarter."
Larry Hughes led the way for Washington with 28 points. Gilbert Arenas poured in 19 points for the Wizards, who lost their third straight contest and are now a game behind Chicago for the fourth spot in the Eastern Conference.
"First of all, we played a team that was better than we are," Washington head coach Eddie Jordan said. "Give my guys credit. They played hard. We got some stops. We just couldn't rebound the ball."
Already leading 59-44 out of halftime, the Pistons poured it on in the early moments of the third frame. Prince's trey at the 9:04 mark put Detroit on top 68-46.
Washington hung around though and used a 20-4 run to get within six just before the fourth. Arenas and Steve Blake each drilled a three-pointer during the flurry as the Wizards trailed 72-66 with 11 seconds left in the third.
McDyess put the Pistons back up eight with a jumper, heading into the final stanza.
Detroit erased any doubt of a Washington comeback, opening the fourth with a 12-3 surge to go back up by 17. Billups' jumper from beyond the arc sealed the win with 8:47 left to play.
The Wizards got as close as 12 the rest of the way.
Detroit led 29-22 after the first 12 minutes of play and carried a 59-44 advantage into halftime.
Billups had 16 points to lead the way for the Pistons, while Hughes and Arenas each netted 14 for the Wizards in the opening half.
Wallace hit his first three-pointer of the season. The Pistons have won 10 straight against the Wizards, dating back to December 4, 2002. Detroit needs one more win or a Boston loss to clinch the second spot in the Eastern Conference. The Pistons improved to 17-6 at home against the east this season...Washington finished the game 3-of-12 from three-point range and was outrebounded 47-31.
04/06 23:31:19 ET