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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