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WIZ FLIP STONES.....Washinton 101, PISTONS 98, T 10/13/09
Posted on: 10-13-2009

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@ VAN ANDEL ARENA, GRAND RAPIDS, MI:

    The first Piston pre-season defeat came vs former coach Flip Saunders and his
new Washington Wizards, 101-98 Tuesday night in G-R.
    It was the first meeting between Saunders and his former employers since an
end-of-season firing in 2008.
    Ben Gordon's basket gave Detroit a 91-90 edge with 3:30 to play, but a Mike
Miller 3-pointer started a 7-1 clinching run for Washington.
    Gilbert Arenas of the Wizards led all scorers with 24-P on 9-of-11 shooting. He
had 13-P in the 3rd-Qtr to turn a 46-45 Washington halftime advantage into a
75-68 bulge.
    Antwan Jamison added a solid 15-P with 11-RB for Washington. Caron Butler and
JaVale McGee each had 12-P.
    Will Bynum continued his hot pre-season shooting by sinking a team-high 23-P for Detroit.
Although he ws only 3-of-15 shooting, Rip Hamilton scored 10 of Detroit's first 12-P and finished
with 14. Gordon had 10-P. Kwame Brown scored 9-P and matched Jamison's game-high of 11-RB.
    Piston rookies Austin Daye and Jonas Jarebko both got extensive playing time and combined for
19-P with Daye getting 10 and Jarebko 9-P.
    Detroit is 3-1 and Washington 2-2 on the exhibition season.

QUOTEBOOK...

PISTONS GD RIP HAMILTON:   "In this business, you're going to play against a lot of
people that you played with previously. It was fun [to go against Saunders]."

WIZ H-COACH FLIP SAUNDERS:   "I had a lot of great times [in Detroit] although we
didn't have the success we would have liked to have had in winning a championship
...[Arenas] wants to be a great player. He's been good when he decides he wants to
show a little bit of flash and he can dominate for a few minutes."


OVERTIME:

    Tayshaun Prince  (5-P) DNP after intermission due to a cut under his right toe.
    Saunders was 176-70 in three Detroit seasons.
    Earlier Tuesday the NBA fined Arenas $25-thousand for not making himself available to the
media according to league guidelines. He did speak a new words after Tuesday's game.

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