NBA Game Summary - Washington at Detroit
(Friday, November 17th)
Final Score: Detroit 100, Washington 91
Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) - Richard Hamilton poured in 27 points on 11-of-27 shooting as Detroit used a big third quarter and held on for a 100-91 win over the Washington Wizards.
Rasheed Wallace totaled 20 points and 10 rebounds, while Tayshaun Prince also scored 20 and had seven boards for the Pistons, who avoided their first three- game losing streak since March of 2005.
Chauncey Billups had 12 points and 10 assists, and Lindsey Hunter also put in 12 points for Detroit, which overcame a nine-point deficit in the second quarter to snap a three-game skid versus Washington.
"The energy was there tonight, and a lot of that came from Lindsey," Prince said. "He really brought it on both ends of the floor. He was the player of the game for sure. He was huge for us."
Caron Butler led the way with 24 points for Washington, which has lost three straight. Gilbert Arenas was held under 30 points for a fourth straight contest, ending with 20 on 7-of-20 shooting for the Wizards.
"They're at home, they were hungry, they had lost two in a row, we had lost two in a row, it was a matter of wills and who was going to come up with a big rebound, who was going to keep the concentration level up and finish the game," Wizards coach Eddie Jordan said. "Of course, they had some runs. They're at home, they should have some runs. But we're in the game. We missed an assignment, we missed a rebound, and they just carried it home."
The Pistons opened the second half on a 11-2 spurt to go in front. Hamilton's driving layup made it 54-48.
DeShawn Stevenson's layup tied the game at 61 for Washington with 3:15 left in the third, but the Pistons scored the next 13 points to end the period. Prince had seven of those points, including a pair of three-pointers.
Antonio Daniels hit two free throws to bring the Wizards within 81-79 midway through the fourth, but Hunter and Wallace countered with baskets.
Washington again got within two, the last time at 89-87 on two free throws from Butler with 3:28 remaining. However, Wallace came back with a layup on a goaltending call by Antawn Jamison, and Hunter completed a three-point play for a 94-87 cushion with 2:41 left.
Detroit led 26-20 after one quarter, but the Wizards took control in the second with a 17-6 spurt, capped by a jumper from Daniels. Washington led 46-43 at halftime.
Hamilton's 27 shots equaled a career-high...Washington has lost 12 of 16 at Detroit...The four contests under 30 for Arenas is one game longer than his longest streak all of last season...Detroit went 8-of-16 from three-point range...Jamison went 3-of-12 from the field and finished with eight points...The Wizards are 0-4 on the road.
11/18 00:51:32 ET