NBA Game Summary - Detroit at Washington
(Saturday, March 11th)
Final Score: Washington 110, Detroit 92
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Gilbert Arenas dropped in 34 points on 13- of-19 shooting and dished out six assists to lead Washington past Detroit, 110-92, at the Verizon Center.
Caron Butler added 30 points and six rebounds for the Wizards, who snapped a two-game skid and won for just the second time in their last seven outings. Antonio Daniels contributed 16 points and seven assists while Antawn Jamison had 12 in the win.
Rasheed Wallace paced the Pistons, who lost for the third time in their past five games, with 18 points and nine boards. Richard Hamilton and Tony Delk recorded 16 points apiece in the loss while Chauncey Billups had 12 points and six assists.
Leading by six at intermission, the Wizards used a dominant third quarter, in which they outscored the Pistons 33-23, to take control of the game.
Washington asserted itself from the start by scoring the first seven points of the frame. Butler started things with a fade away jumper. After Arenas connected on a triple, Brendan Haywood buried a jump hook to finish the mini-spurt and give the Wizards a 67-53 edge less than two minutes into the stanza.
Washington finished the quarter with a 92-76 edge.
The Wizards continued to extend their lead in the final quarter. Arenas knocked in two from the charity stripe to give Washington its first 20-point cushion, 103-82, with just under eight minutes left.
The All-Star guard then buried a jumper with 5:06 left to give the Wizards their largest lead, 109-94, as they coasted toward the easy victory.
"This was a good win for us tonight," Washington coach Eddie Jordan said. "We were competitive and were more organized down the stretch. Tonight we talked about not being impatient on defense, and playing each position for the full 24 seconds. There is no reason why we cannot play like this for the next 21 games. That is our challenge - to finish the season strong and to play with discipline like we did tonight."
The two teams were deadlocked at 28 after the first 12 minutes of play. Washington used a nice offensive second-quarter performance to take a 59-53 advantage at intermission.
Butler paced Washington with 18 at the half while Hamilton and Delk each had 12 for Detroit.
"I think that for whatever reason we think that we can coast to the finish line, and not do what we have done all season," Billups said. "We are getting away from what we do, and guys are looking too far ahead to the playoffs. We have to do the things that we have always done. Teams aren't just going to lay down for us."
The Pistons are now 22-10 on the road this season...The Wizards are 22-11 at home and are 14-3 in their last 17 games at home...Washington shot 55.4 percent from the field and was a brilliant 12-for-24 from long range.
03/11 23:23:38 ET