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.