The Wizards were going for some revenge against the Pistons after losing the first leg of their home and home set on Friday night but despite a second half comeback, it was not to be as the Wizards fell, 96-87.

The first quarter was a struggle again for Washington as the Wizards opened the game shooting a woeful 1/15 from the floor and never truly recovered. The Pistons led this one wire to wire. The Wizards did make it a ballgame in the second half though behind Jordan Crawford's 20 second half points and some offensive rhythm, turning a 22 point deficit into a six point one but that was as close as the Wizards would get eventually falling by nine.

After the 1/15 start the Wizards shot over 45% from the field and outscored the Pistons by 10 in the second half but it was to big a hole to dig out of. For the second night in a row the Pistons outrebounded the Wizards by a large margin, winning the rebounding battle by 15 in this one. The Wizards did win the turnover battle and scored 19 points off Pistons turnovers compared to the Pistons 8 points off the Wizards 11 turnovers.

Jordan Crawford led the Wizards with 21 points, 20 of them coming after halftime. Emeka Okafor had a double-double with 14 points and 14 boards and Beal also chipped in 14 points. The Pistons were led by two bench guys, Charlie Villanueva tied his season high with 19 points and Stuckey had 18. Greg Monroe had 13 points and 8 boards.

The Wizards will get a much needed three days off for the holidays before taking on the Cavs Wednesday night at Verizon Center.

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Points: 6
Rebounds: 3
Assists: 0

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Points: Jordan Crawford - 20
Rebounds: Emeka Okafor - 14
Assists: Jordan Crawford - 6
Blocks: Emeka Okafor - 2
Steals: Jordan Crawford - 3

On tonight’s loss:

“You can’t start a game shooting 16 or 17 percent. I think we were 1-for-15 to start the game. Last night, we were 1-for-11. We were just getting buried. We got hurt in second-chance points tonight. They beat us up on the boards. We got spread out a little bit, chasing, and trapping which all got us back in the game. We’d get to that point to make a big play to make a shot that might just put us over the edge, but just isn’t going our way right now.”

On the differences from tonight’s game opposed to last night’s:

“Tonight was better. We did a much better job. It might seem similar because of the score, but our passing was much better. We just didn’t convert. This was just a different game than last night. The outcome was the same, obviously. That’s the bottom line and I know that. I’ve got to continue to mix players. I like what I saw from this group. I thought Emeka (Okafor) played one of his better games from start to finish. We’ll keep plugging along.”
On the slow start:

“You have to come out and play hard. Our problem is getting off to slow starts and just digging us in holes. And we’ve been doing it consistently for a couple weeks now. So we’ve got to work on that.”
On tonight’s loss:

“It’s mind over matter. Guys are tired. Any team in 24 hours is kind of tough to get your mind into it. We gave ourselves a fighting chance, but like I said before you can’t stress enough the opening five minutes, we’ve really got to set the tone.”

On the team:

“We’ve got some work to do. I don’t have any doubt in my team at all. I really love this team, I really do. I love the guys that we have. I love the coaching staff. I love the atmosphere. We don’t have the wins to show for it. We work hard and we don’t have the wins to show for it, plain and simple. And it’s one of those things where it’s easy to be like, ‘This is it. I’m just gonna give in.’ But we can’t. We don’t know how to, that’s not in our DNA. For us to keep going out here and continue to fight it shows you something. Regardless of that, we still have to come out and set the tone in the first five minutes of the game, which we have not been doing.”