Despite a fourth-quarter offensive push, the Washington Wizards lost their fourth straight game on Thursday night. The Detroit Pistons went away 99-94 winners at the Palace of Auburn Hills. The Wizards were sloppy and committed 18 turnovers and trailed by double digits for much of the second half before a late run over the final five minutes cut it to five points.
John Wall led all scorers with 28 points, getting consistent penetration and hitting 12 of 15 free-throws. But Wall had little help on the offensive end. Kevin Seraphin continues his improved play, and had 15 points and nine rebounds. Georgetown alum Greg Monroe, however, matched him on the inside and scored 18 points for Lawrence Frank. As a team, the Pistons shot 53 percent from the floor, building a lead the Wiz could not overcome with a 30-point fourth quarter.
Washington will stay out on the road and now heads to New Jersey to face the Nets on the second night of a road back-to-back.
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