Pistons Vs. Wizards: John Wall Puts Detroit On Ice In 107-105 Win

The Wizards's fate was hanging in the air at the buzzer, but Austin Daye missed and Washington makes it three-straight wins for the first time this season.

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Pistons Vs. Wizards: John Wall Puts Detroit On Ice In 107-105 Win

This was the most exciting game the second and fifth-worst teams in a conference have ever played in the final weeks of an NBA season. Well, who knows if that's true, but the Wizards did beat the Pistons 107-105 on Tuesday night is a fun one at the Verizon Center.

The boos rained down at the Verizon Center as Greg Monroe stepped to the free throw line, the Pistons trailing by two points. 10 seconds left. He bricked the first sending Andray Blatche fist-pumping into the lane. When he missed the second, Blatche grabbed the rebound and sank two free throws to seemingly ice the game.

It wasn't quite over -- Austin Daye hit a three-pointer and Wall made just one of two free throws. Trailing by two, Detroit had one final chance with 1.9 seconds left. Austin Daye got a good look at a three that was thisclose to going down. Verizon exhaled and Washington walked away with its first three-game win streak of the season.

Once again, it was Wall late. He found JaVale McGee for a bucket off a drive in the paint to tie the game at 102 and then finished on the fast break to push Washington ahead 104-102 with 14.8 seconds left.

NOTE: I'm going down for interviews. Might have more later!


Pistons Vs. Wizards: Washington Will Have To Fight For Win Streak, Trailing 54-52 At Half

It's been tough for the Wizards to piece together a win streak of any kind this season. Nothing different on Tuesday night vs. the Pistons. Washington trails Detroit by a score of 54-52 at the Verizon Center.

The Wizards looked good early, jumping out to a 31-22 lead after the first quarter. Strong shooting and Detroit turnovers masked a disadvantage on the boards that led to a 12-5 Piston advantage in second chance points.

In the second quarter, Ben Gordon and Tracy McGrady lifted Detroit off the bench. The pair combined for 17 points on 7-for-10 shooting. By comparison, the Wizards have four bench points during 4+ minutes of bench time from Othyus Jeffers and Kevin Seraphin.

Mo Evans leads the Wizards with 14 points. Andray Blatche hasn't been quite as effective as he has been in the teams' previous two games, but he does have 11 points (on 3-of-8 shooting). Blatche has attacked the rim, resulting in five free throws -- and a turnover and one jump ball ...

John Wall has eight points, six assists and three steals. He received a technical for clapping in the direction of an official after what he thought should have been a foul call.


Piston Vs. Wizards: John Wall, Washington Eye Three-Game Win Streak

The Wizards have two two-game win streaks this season. If John Wall and Co. win Tuesday night, it would be their first three-game win streak all year. Now if you'd please welcome the 26-56 Pistons to the Verizon Center!

Think it's been ugly in Washington this season? Throw out the records and Detroit introduces some situations that could make only a Wizards fan smile and nod. Inconsistent rotations, unclear future? Sure. Full on player mutiny, too.

Detroit could give the Wizards problems, however. The Pistons have won the last eight meetings between the teams, after all. Will Bynum could give John Wall trouble if his strength can cancel out Wall's speed. Richar Hamilton's height could be a problem for Jordan Crawford. Greg Monroe should test Andray Blatche's interest in defense.

Questions before tonight's game:

> Can Andray Blatche continue to perform as he has in his last two games? Flip Saunders gave much of the credit to Blatche's fresh legs. We'll see if that holds up on Tuesday.

>Will the Pistons be interested in competing? Can the Wizards take them out of it early?

> Is Marat Kogut the best NBA referee name? It is until someone provides something better ...

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