Larry Brown brings Pistons to Washington
Washington, DC (Sports Network) – The Washington Wizards have a tough task
ahead of them tonight when they welcome Richard Hamilton and the Detroit
Pistons to the MCI Center.
The Wizards were crushed Wednesday by the Los Angeles Lakers, 120-99 at
Jarvis Hayes scored 22 points and Juan Dixon contributed 20 for the Wizards,
who have lost three of their last four contests. Larry Hughes added 13 for
Prior to Tuesday’s 81-80 win over the Portland Trail Blazers, Washington
placed guard Gilbert Arenas on the injured list with an abdominal strain.
The 21-year-old Arenas, who was signed to a six-year, $64 million free-agent
contract last summer, is averaging 20.8 points, 5.1 rebounds and 5.5 assists
in 13 games this season for the Wizards.
The Wizards are 3-3 at home this season.
Hamilton posted a career-high 44 points to lead the Detroit Pistons to
a hard-fought, 92-88 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers Friday at the Palace of
Elden Campbell had a season-high 13 points and Tayshaun Prince contributed 12
with seven assists and six rebounds, and the Pistons won for the sixth time in
Cleveland trailed for most of the game, occasionally by double-digits, but
clawed to within two points at 71-69 to open the fourth quarter. The Cavs took
the lead three minutes in on a basket by Chris Mihm, but Detroit ended a
seven- minute scoreless stretch with a Hamilton bucket to tie things at 73
apiece with seven minutes to play.
The Cavaliers opened up a lead as large as five at 79-74 when LeBron James
scored with 5:20 to go. But Detroit dominated down the stretch, as the Cavs
jacked up bad shots and turned the ball over during a 10-0 Pistons run.
Hamilton’s pair of free throws with a minute and a half left capped the spurt
and gave Detroit an 84-79 advantage. Cleveland could get no closer than three.
The Pistons are 5-4 on the road.
In 2002-03, the Pistons won three of the four contests between the two clubs
Overall, Detroit has won three straight and seven of the last eight meetings.