NBA Game Summary - Detroit at Washington
(Sunday, March 23rd)
Final Score: Washington 95, Detroit 83
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Antawn Jamison scored 24 points and pulled down 12 rebounds in Washington's 95-83 victory over the Detroit Pistons.
Caron Butler tallied 17 points and Brendan Haywood had 16 for the Wizards, who have won six of their last seven contests. Washington sits 1 1/2 games ahead of Toronto and Philadelphia for the fifth spot in the Eastern Conference.
"This was one that we needed," Jamison said. "We had a tough West Coast trip coming up, so it is nice to get three games above .500 and beat a very quality opponent."
Wizards star point guard Gilbert Arenas was hoping to make his long-awaited return Sunday night from left knee surgery, but will apparently be held out another week. Arenas hasn't played since November 16.
Richard Hamilton poured in 19 points for the Pistons, who still need one more win for 50 for a seventh consecutive season. Chauncey Billups had 11 points and 11 assists for Detroit, which has lost two straight following a three-game win streak. The Pistons are also staring at another tough game for Monday when they host Phoenix.
"How we started is how we finished. We didn't set the tone early," Pistons coach Flip Saunders said. "Every time we blew a coverage they got a layup. We weren't mentally alert or disciplined enough early."
A visibly upset Rasheed Wallace was called for a technical foul with 8:53 left in the game as he battled with Washington's Andray Blatche in the low post. Butler made the foul shot, but Wallace came back with two from the charity stripe to get the Pistons within 76-71.
However, Darius Songaila's layup and Roger Mason's three-pointer upped Washington's advantage to 81-71 with 7:25 remaining. A Billups three had the Pistons within 85-78 with 2:27 to go, but the Wizards ran off the next five to seal the victory.
DeShawn Stevenson added 12 points and Songaila 10 for the Wizards, who shot 52.8 percent from the field.
Tayshaun Prince ended with 13 points and Wallace 11 for Detroit, which shot 43 percent. Antonio McDyess had 14 rebounds for the Pistons.
The Wizards scored the final five points of the first quarter for a 28-20 lead and they were in front 47-40 at the half. Hamilton's jumper in the waning seconds of the third had the Pistons within 71-65 headed to the final period.
Washington has won six of the last nine meetings...The Wizards start a five- game west coast trip on Tuesday at Portland....Butler was left with a bandage over his face after the game after being scratched while going for a rebound in the final minute of the game.
03/23 23:56:58 ET