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PALACE OF AUBURN HILLS:
The Pistons overcame a sloppy opening half to get past the Washington
Wizards after intermission in a 117-109 Saturday night win.
Detroit's 15 turnovers prior to the break were just three shy of any entire
game total for the team all last season. Because of the multitude of Detroit
mistakes the Wiz overcame a 47-30, mid-2nd-Qtr defecit to go on a 22-4 run
into halftime for a 1-P lead at 52-51.
The Pistons instantly regained the lead when the 3rd-Qtr began and increased
their margin to as many as 17-P at 77-70 on Walter Herrmann's 3-pointer late in the
3rd-Qtr. While Washington did manage to get within 2-P at 81-79 on a 3-point
play by Antwan Jamison just 24-sec into the 4th-Qtr, a spurt of five straight Piston
points by Rodney Stuckey made it comfortable again at 96-88 with 6:57 in regulation.
Onetime Wizards Richard Hamilton (a co-game-high 24-P) and Rasheed Wallace
(17-P & a game-high 12-RB) led Detroit. Reserve Herrmann, getting early increased
PT under new head coach Michael Curry, added 16-P for his new personal Piston best.
Chauncey Billups scored 12-P and dished-out a game-high of 8-A. Stuckey and Jason
Maxiell both had 11-P off the bench.
Washington's Jamison scored a co-game-high 24-P. Nick Young added 23-P and Caron
Butler 21-P. This trio accounted for 62% of the Wizards point output.
The Pistons moved to 2-&-0 and Washington 0-&-2 on the season.
PISTONS H-COACH MICHAEL CURRY: "Walter was great tonight, and it is a lot more than
just the shots he is making. His defense and his ability to move the ball are both things
that help our team when he's on the floor. He does the basic things that we have to do
PISTONS PF WALTER HERRMANN: "It was unbelievable. I had a lot of confidence tonight
...When we go against a small team, I can play both the 3 and the 4, so it lets us change
things. We play a very open game when they go small against us."
WIZARDS H-COACH EDDIE JORDAN: "It was a big improvement from game one, and that's
what we are looking for -- improvement. I know we lost the game, but there were a lot of
positive signs. For us to score 109 points against a very good defensive team means we
are making strides."
Herrmann's old Detroit top scoring effort was 11-P last season.
Detroit finished with 18 turnovers to match last season's high in that dubious category.
New Piston Kwame Brown, Washington's #1 overall draft choice in 2001, had 8-P in 8-mins.
New Wizzard Juan Dixon, who finished last season with Detroit, scored 9-P for the Wiz.
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