WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP)–Charlie Villanueva scored 19 points, Rodney Stuckey added 18 and the Detroit Pistons got their second win in as many nights over the Washington Wizards, 96-87 on Saturday night.
It was only the second time this season that Detroit had won consecutive games.
The Wizards, who trailed throughout the game, have lost seven straight and dropped to an NBA-worst 3-22.
For the second straight night, Detroit had 58 rebounds, a season high.
The Wizards closed to 88-81 with 6:15 to play, but didn’t score for nearly four minutes as Detroit built a 94-81 lead with 2:55 to play.
Jordan Crawford, who scored his only point of the first half with 1:05 to play, scored 20 in the second half to lead Washington with 21. Emeka Okafor had 14 points and tied a season high with 14 rebounds.
After the Pistons beat the Wizards by 32 on Friday night, coach Randy Wittman called their performance embarrassing. A day later, he said: “We went through the motions.”
In the first quarter, it was no better, Washington began the game shooting 1 for 15, and Wittman was assessed a technical foul.
In one sequence, Kevin Seraphin was alone by the basket, and instead of an easy layup, he tried a reverse dunk — and the ball spun out.
Washington shot just 17.4 percent (4 for 23) in the first quarter and trailed 22-13. Detroit shot 36 percent.
The Wizards’ Cartier Martin helped cut the lead to seven, but a few moments later, Detroit hit three straight 3-pointers for a 39-22 lead and the Pistons led at halftime 54-35.
In the second half, Detroit built its largest lead, 59-37 a little more than two minutes into the third quarter, but Tayshaun Prince sprained his right ankle in a collision, left the game and did not return.
Washington ran off 10 straight to get within 59-47 with 7:08 to play, got within six with just about four minutes remaining in the quarter and trailed 74-64 after three.
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Following the loss Nene called the last two games “embarrassing” and Martell Webster said “we have work to do” as the Wizards will take the next few days off before returning to practice late on Tuesday.
Wizards Head Coach Randy Wittman had the line of the night when he talked about his first quarter technical foul.
“Hell, I’ve been trying to get thrown out for a while. These guys won’t even throw me out.”
Listen here to what Randy Wittman, Nene, Martell Webster, Jordan Crawford and Bradley Beal had to say following the loss.
Randy Wittman Postgame Audio
Nene Postgame Audio
Martell Webster Postgame Audio
Jordan Crawford Postgame Audio
Bradley Beal Postgame Audio