Saturday , Nov , 25 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Wizards open three-game homestand against Pistons

(Sports Network) – The struggling Washington Wizards open a three-game
homestand when they welcome the streaking Detroit Pistons tonight to the
Verizon Center.

This is the second meeting of the season between the clubs. On November 17th,
Richard Hamilton poured in 27 points on 11-of-27 shooting from the floor as
Detroit used a big third quarter and held on for a 100-91 win over the Wizards
at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

Detroit has won eight of 12 and nine of its last 14 at Washington.

Washington attempts to halt a three-game losing streak. On Friday, Hakim
Warrick posted 18 points and seven rebounds as the Memphis Grizzlies topped
the Wizards, 95-80, at FedExForum.

Caron Butler posted 22 points and 13 rebounds in the loss to Memphis for the
Wizards, who are 0-7 on the road this season. DeShawn Stevenson scored 14
points, while Antawn Jamison collected 13 points and nine boards and Etan
Thomas contributed 10 points and 11 rebounds.

The Wizards are 4-1 at home this season. They will host Atlanta on Tuesday and
Charlotte on December 1st.

The Pistons have won five in a row and begin a two-game road trip this
evening. On Friday, Richard Hamilton scored 26 points and Tayshaun Prince
added 21 to help Detroit pull away from the Charlotte Bobcats, 104-95.

Rasheed Wallace scored 19 and pulled down nine rebounds in the win over the
Bobcats for Detroit, while Chauncey Billups finished one point shy of a
double-double, with nine points and 10 assists.

Detroit is 3-3 on the road this season. The Pistons are scheduled to visit
Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat on November 30th at AmericanAirlnes Arena in a
rematch of the conference finals.