AUBURN HILLS, Mich., April 19 (Ticker) -- The Washington Wizards' reward for fifth place in the Eastern Conference is a meeting with LeBron James.

Caron Butler had 33 points and 12 rebounds as the Wizards clinched the fifth seed with a 96-80 victory over the Detroit Pistons.

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Antawn Jamison added 21 points and Gilbert Arenas 18 for Washington (42-40), which will face James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first round of the playoffs. Washington won three of four meetings between the teams during the regular season.

"I don't even want to talk about Cleveland," Wizards coach Eddie Jordan said. "Right now, I just want to recover from the last week and a half."

Facing the league-leading Pistons, who gave plenty of playing time to their bench, the Wizards took the lead for good with a 14-0 run in the second quarter. Butler scored 16 points in the opening half.

Arenas scored 11 points and Jamison nine in the third quarter, which ended with the Wizards holding a 72-62 lead.

The Pistons scored the first four points of the final period before the Wizards used a 12-2 surge to take control for good. Butler's layup at the 7:33 mark capped the burst and provided an 84-68 bulge.

"We didn't want it to be a game," Jordan said. "We got out to a comfortable lead and after the timeout I told the guys, 'don't allow them to make it a game.' They brought some guys off the bench and I didn't want them to get going and start hitting threes and going to the free-throw line. We needed to stay focused and we did."

Butler didn't seem to mind that the Pistons treated the game like an exhibition.

"It's big," Butler said. "But now we know we have to go on to Cleveland. We have to go out there and play hard with high energy."

Carlos Delfino scored 17 points for Detroit (64-18), which set a franchise record for wins during the regular season and will face Milwaukee in the first round. The Pistons won three of four meetings between the teams during the regular season.

"Whether we play well or don't play well come Sunday, will have no bearing on how we've done this season," Detroit coach Flip Saunders said. "As I recall, we lost our last couple games in the exhibition season and got off to a pretty good start in the regular season. These guys have been there.

"We've been looking forward to the playoffs since the end of last season," said Pistons guard Richard Hamilton, who scored nine points.

Detroit played without Chauncey Billups, who is second on the team in scoring at 18.5 points per game.