The Detroit Pistons have finished among the top three teams in the Eastern Conference each of the last six seasons, registering a double-digit winning streak in three of those campaigns.
They'll try to add 2007-08 to that list as they go for their 10th straight victory on Wednesday night against the Washington Wizards.
The Pistons have finished with at least 50 wins each season since 2001-02. During that stretch, they have three streaks of at least 10 wins, most recently an 11-game run from Jan. 10-29, 2006.
Though winning is commonplace for his club, Pistons coach Flip Saunders has been especially impressed by his team's current nine-game streak, during which Detroit (24-7) has outscored opponents by an average of 17.2 points.
"I don't know if I've had a team that has gone through this kind of stretch where they have been so aggressive and dominating over such a long period of time," Saunders said. "When we're playing this well on both ends of the court, these guys are going to be awfully tough to beat."
Detroit's latest win was its most lopsided in nearly five years. The Pistons matched their second-best shooting performance of the season by sinking 58.4 percent from the field in their 114-69 blowout over Milwaukee on Monday.
Richard Hamilton continued his hot streak, going 9-for-10 and finishing with a team-high 22 points. He has led the Pistons in scoring in five straight games, shooting 62.2 percent in that stretch.
"Just feeding off what's going, understanding what we have and what we want to accomplish," Hamilton said. "It's just making everybody's game that much easier to go out there and play."
Washington (15-14) also recorded its largest margin of victory in its last game, beating Miami 96-74 on Saturday. Because the Wizards led for the entire second half, Antawn Jamison played a season-low 30 minutes and failed to record a double-double for the fourth time in his last 19 games.
Jamison, though, had 15 points and nine rebounds, and is averaging 25.2 points and 11.5 rebounds while shooting 51.4 percent from the field in his last six contests.
He averaged 21.7 points and 8.0 boards in three full games against the Pistons last season, but played only five minutes in his last game against them, leaving with a knee injury midway through the first quarter of Washington's 104-99 victory on Jan. 30.
That win earned the Wizards a split of these teams' four-game seasons series in 2006-07.
On Wednesday, Washington will get a boost from the return of Antonio Daniels, who took over as starting point guard when Gilbert Arenas underwent knee surgery in November. Daniels averaged 11.0 points, 6.6 assists and 4.4 rebounds in 14 starts, but has missed the last seven games with a knee injury.
"It is going to mean a lot to us," Wizards coach Eddie Jordan said after Daniels practiced Monday. "He directs us, and he is our quarterback on the court."
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