The Detroit Pistons were looking to move on from a blowout loss to the New Orleans Hornets. The Washington Wizards were on a 4 game win streak over some playoff teams.
Jose Calderon scored eight of the Pistons first 10 points, knocking down two 3-pointers, and Greg Monroe had a layup. It was a competitive first quarter as Emeka Okafor had 10 of the Wizards’ 19 first quarter points. Monroe had a tip in off a Rodney Stuckey missed layup for a 21-19 lead after 1. Monroe had 11 points and eight rebounds in the 1st quarter.
The Wizards opened the second quarter on an 8-2 run. Rookie Bradley Beal had a jumper, Trevor Ariza had a jump shot, Beal had a jumper, and Kevin Seraphin had a jumper off of a Ariza pass. The Wizards went up 27-23.
The Will Bynum Experience had a running jump shot and he had a nifty pass to Slava Kravtsov for the jam to tie the score at 27.
Later, Bradley Beal had a 3, Charlie Villanueva answered with a 3, and Chris Singleton knocked down a 3 to put the Wizards up 37-34. Kyle Singler had a layup and Bynum had a jumper to make it 38-37.
John Wall made it a 41-38 Washington lead. Singler had a layup and Monroe answered with a layup for a 42-41 Pistons lead. Okafor had a hook shot to give the Wizards a 45-44 halftime lead.
The Wizards went on a 7-0 run after a Calderon 3 got the Pistons within 56-55. Martell Webster hit a 3, Wall had a behind the back pass to Nene for a jam, and Nene then returned the favor and found Wall for a jumper to put the Wizards up 63-55 in the 3rd quarter.
Singler had a layup to bring Detroit to within 64-61 and Calderon knocked down another triple to make it 66-65, but Wall had a layup to end the quarter and Washington led 68-65 after three.
The fourth quarter belonged to the Pistons. After Ariza made two free throws to put Washington up 70-65, the Pistons went on an 11-0 run.
Bynum had a driving layup and then Villanueva made a 3-pointer while being fouled by Singleton. Villanueva knocked down the free throw for a 71-70 lead to complete the 4-point play. Bynum then had a runner and then he threw an alley-oop to Kravtsov for a 76-70 lead. Usually he throws those oops to Andre Drummond, but due to the rookie’s back injury, he threw it to Kravtsov.
Nene and Ariza answered with six straight points to tie it at 76.
The Pistons would answer with another 11-0 run. Bynum scored the first six points of the run and then he found Calderon in the corner for a big 3-pointer in front of the Wizards bench. He let the Wizards know about it. Putting up 3 fingers. Villanueva would later hit a 3 to put Detroit up 90-78 and the Pistons would cruise from there. Calderon would hit his 6th and final 3 for the final score of the game. The Pistons went on to win 96-85. They out scored the Wizards 31-17 in the 4th quarter.
Calderon led the Pistons with 24 points, including 6/9 from deep, Bynum had 20 points and eight assists off the bench, and Monroe had 16 and 18 boards. Monroe had his 8th straight double-double. He’s the first Piston to get eight straight double-doubles since Grant Hill in March 1996, according to pistons.com writer Keith Langlois.