Wizards dazzle Pistons behind Jamison’s season high
Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) – Antawn Jamison scored a season-high 35
points and pulled down eight rebounds to lead the Washington Wizards to a
99-96 win over the Detroit Pistons at the Palace of Auburn Hills.
Gilbert Arenas had 25 points, 10 assists and six boards while Brendan Haywood
added 10 points and nine rebounds for the Wizards, who have won five of their
last six games.
“It wasn’t pretty but we pulled it out,” said Arenas. “That’s a team that’ll
try to beat you bully-style. I think we’re all still in shock (over the win).
We fought hard. It came down to big plays at the end. It didn’t come down to
defense. It came down to who was going to hit the next big shot. Between
Antawn (Jamison), Caron (Butler) and (Chauncey) Billups they were having a
little shooting match out there.
Richard Hamilton netted 27 and Chauncey Billups chipped in 17 points and
grabbed nine rebounds for the Pistons, who had a three-game winning streak
snapped. Antonio McDyess poured in 15 points and snatched six boards in the
Trailing 87-82 on Arenas’ triple, the Pistons countered with a three from
Billups followed by a turnaround jumper from Rasheed Wallace, tying the game
87, with 3:25 to play.
After Washington moved back in front, Detroit once again pulled even, 92-92,
on Billups’ trey with 1:53 on the clock.
Hamilton’s floater gave the Pistons their first lead since 56-55, but Jamison
drained a three on the other end with 50.1 remaining.
With 29.4 ticks left Billups connected on a pair from the charity stripe for a
96-95 edge, but Caron Butler hit a pair of his own from the line with 15.5 to
play to move back in front, 97-96.
Wallace’s three attempt rimmed out, forcing Detroit to foul Butler, who
extended the lead to 99-96 at the line with 5.2 on the clock.
After Tayshaun Prince fumbled the inbounds pass, Wallace eventually got his
hands on the ball but his triple try with the clock running down was no good.
“We were looking to get Chauncey the ball if we could — Chauncey or Sheed,”
said Detroit head coach Flip Saunders regarding the last play. “Chauncey broke
it off, Sheed bobbled it and we never got off a good look.”
The Pistons held a 26-23 lead after the opening 12 minutes of play.
McDyess’ tip-in gave Detroit a 45-35 lead, but the Wizards closed the half
with an 11-3 run, capped by Arenas’ long three-pointer as time expired,
cutting the deficit to 48-46.
Trailing 52-47, Washington tallied eight straight points, including four from
DeShawn Stevenson, for a 55-52 margin.
Prince’s layup narrowed the gap to 60-58, however, the Wizards closed the
quarter by scoring 12 of the final 18 points, highlighted by a buzzer-beater
from Butler, who missed his first six shots of the contest. The bucket
extended the lead 72-64 heading into the fourth quarter.
Arenas has 13 buzzer-beaters this season, nine of them coming from long
distance…Butler didn’t score in double figures for the first time all
season. He had eight points and seven rebounds…Detroit is 17-6 when leading
at the half…Wallace finished with 14 points and eight boards while Prince
had 11 points and eight rebounds…The Pistons shot 46 percent from the floor,
while the Wizards connected on 44 percent of their shots from the
field…Detroit won the battle of the boards, 47-36.