Big Fourth Quarter Lifts Pistons Over Wizards
Posted Jul 11 2007 8:33PM
Detroit 84, Washington 70
Las Vegas, July 11 --The Washington Wizards controlled the game for three quarters, but in the fourth, it was a different story. The Detroit Pistons outscored the Wizards, 35-13 in the final quarter en route to an 84-70 win.
“It was good to get the win,” Arron Afflalo said of the Pistons victory. “We picked up our defensive intensity in the second half. We made plays down the stretch to open up the game.”
Jason Maxiell scored 15 of his 21 points in the final quarter to help the Pistons erase a 10 point deficit in the fourth. The Wizards had their biggest lead of the game at 61-51 with 8:07 left in the game, before the Pistons went on a 12-0 run to take the lead and the eventual win.
Maxiell and rookie Afflalo led the Pistons in scoring with 21 points each. Afflalo was extremely aggressive, taking the ball to the basket and drawing fouls. He went to the line 17 times, converting 15 of his free throws.
“I think I did ok, I knocked down some free throws and manufactured some points for us,” Afflalo said of his play. “I think I did a good job of guarding Nick Young, but he did get away from me some. If I’m going to play in the NBA, I’ve got to show that I can guard players like that.”
Fellow Pistons’ rookie Rodney Stuckey had 17 points (6-14 FG) and five rebounds in 34 minutes of action.
Wizards’ rookie Nick Young displayed his nice shooting touch, scoring a team-high 20 points (8-16 FG) in 30 minutes of play. Dominic McGuire and Oleksiy Pecherov chipped in with 12 points apiece in the losing effort.
“I’m just having fun out there,” Young said of today’s game. “I was kind of shocked in my first NBA game, but hopefully I can build on this one.”