Wizards Vs. Pistons: Washington Blows Another Big Lead, Loses 79-77

Rodney Stuckey's jumper with less than a second to play gives Detroit the win.

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Pistons Vs. Wizards Pixels: Rodney Stuckey Latest To Bury Wizards

WASHINGTON — Take a moment to catch up on the news, notes and must-see from Monday night's Pistons vs. Wizards action -- good and bad -- with 'Positive Pixels, Wicked Pixels.' It's your morning-after Wizards hangover cure.

For the third consecutive home game, and third time in five nights, the Wizards blew a double-digit lead at home and wound up losing in the last minute of the game. This is either creative ping pong ball acquirement stratagem or raw, exposed growing pains. Washington lost 79-77 when Rodney Stuckey buried a step-back jumper with 0.2 seconds left.

Positive Pixels

Michael Phelps was in the house! So the Verizon Center is at least as much fun to hang out at as a Subway restaurant.

KISS CAM PROPOSAL!!!11!1!!! This was probably the highlight of the game outside of the last three minutes. The good news: She said yes!

Oh, right -- basketball. Jordan Crawford played well offensively (20 points on just 16 shots, and five assists) ... Nene had just eight points in limited minutes, but he showed that at the end of games he can give the Wizards a reliable, smart offensive weapon when the team needs a bucket ... The Wizards executed well down the stretch, they just failed to convert on several chances around the basket that could have sealed the win.

Wicked Pixels

There's no way around it, John Wall's been struggling. He missed 11 of the 17 shots he took on Monday (although he did finish with seven rebounds and nine assists) and he left a critical layup short that would have given the Wizards a one-point lead with 11 seconds left. It's been a rough patch for Wall. In his last three games he's failed to get off a game-tying shot before the buzzer, missed a last-second, desperation three-pointer to tie and now blown a makeable layup with the game on the line. Brutal.

• This game -- especially in the first half -- was ugly and the Wizards led just 35-30 (!) at intermission.

• Here's the lasting image from the game, right after Stuckey's game-winner went down (via NBA.com's recap video):

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Pistons Vs. Wizards Recap: Washington Squanders Double-Digit Lead And Falls To Detroit 79-77

The Washington Wizards dropped their fourth straight game on Monday night, squandering a lead at home and losing 79-77 to the Detroit Pistons. It was the third straight home game the Wizards gave away a double-digit lead. Washington led by as many as 13 at one point but the Pistons went on a 12-1 run to completely wipe out the double-digit Washington lead with about four minutes remaining.

There were a series of lead changes over the final minute, but the Pistons had the last possession and that was all they would need. Rodney Stuckey hit a three-pointer to give Detroit a one-point lead with 55 seconds remaining but Nene would put the Wizards back in front with a pretty spin move to his left hand against Ben Wallace.

Detroit would respond when Georgetown alum Greg Monroe beat Kevin Seraphin for inside position and had a pretty tip-in off a Tayshaun Prince turnaround that went off the front of the rim. That was a theme of the evening as the Pistons had 15 offensive rebounds for 23 second-chance points.

After Ben Wallace split a pair of free-throws, Nene would come through again and tie it up on the other end with a nice finger-roll. But he left a little over five seconds on the clock and Stuckey would hit a pull-up from just outside the right elbow with .2 seconds remaining on the clock to finish it off.

It was another instance where the Wizards, who are 0-20 this season when scoring less than 90 points, simply disappeared on the offensive end in the fourth quarter. Washington had just 15 fourth-quarter points to give it away. Jordan Crawford had a team-high 20 points while John Wall added 14 points and nine assists.

The Wizards now have two days off before traveling to Indiana to face the Pacers on Thursday night.

For more news, analysis, and discussion on the Wizards, check out Bullets Forever. For more on the Pistons, visit Detroit Bad Boys. And for all your NBA news as the playoffs approach, check out SB Nation's NBA news hub.

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Pistons Vs. Wizards Score Update: Washington Leads By Five In Ugly Offensive Game

In a sluggish 24 minutes of offense, the Washington Wizards lead the Detroit Pistons 35-30 at Verizon Center. Washington was blown out last night in Boston and is looking to rebound against another lottery team and snap a three-game losing streak.

Made baskets have been hard to come by so far, with Detroit shooting just 28 percent from the floor and the Wizards shooting 36 percent. As usual, Jordan Crawford got his shots up in the first half and leads all scorers with 12 points. John Wall added nine points, four rebounds, and three assists and has been one of the few players on the floor to have even moderate success on the offensive end. In addition to the poor Detroit shooting, Washington has also forced 12 Pistons turnovers.

Washington, however, has been unable to take advantage on the other end and is a woeful 0 for 9 from three-point range.

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Pistons Vs. Wizards: Trevor Booker Injury Alters Washington Lineup

Trevor Booker will sit out the Wizards' contest vs. the Pistons on Monday night with an injury (right knee tendinitis, plantar fasciitis). Kevin Seraphin gets his second consecutive start, one night after filling in for Nene (back spasms) in Boston.

Tonight's lineup: G John Wall | G Jordan Crawford | F Chris Singleton | F Kevin Seraphin | C Nene

Booker has been playing hurt for much of the season. After the Wizards March 22 loss to the Pacers, he said it felt like he said the pain was affecting his game.

"My foot is bothering me a little so I felt like I couldn't do the things that I usually do." Booker said. "It feels like I'm running with a nail in my foot.

"It's been going on for like two months now," he added. "But it's just getting worse."

Booker sat out the fourth quarter on Sunday against the Celtics.

In that game, Seraphin stepped into the starting lineup and had the best game of his pro career: 15 points, 11 rebounds, two steals and a block. This will be a good chance to see how the team looks with him playing extended minutes on the court next to Nene, who is back after the one-game break.

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Wizards Vs. Pistons Preview: Washington Hopes To Salvage Three Game Stretch With Win Against Detroit

Can the Wizards defense show up against the Detroit Pistons on Monday night?

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