The Wizards once again could not get over the .500 mark as they fell to the Pistons at home, 104-98. The Wizards third quarter woes continued as they were outscored in the third by 11 after leading by eight at the half. The Pistons huge front line of Smith, Monroe and Drummond combined for 31 boards and the Pistons as a team outrebounded the Wizards by nine. John Wall had a huge effort, leading all scorers with 34 points on 15/23 shooting. Josh Smith led the Pistons with 22 points and both Drummond and Monroe had double-doubles.

Key Moment

The key moment in the fourth quarter came when the Wizards cut the lead to one with 5:31 to go on a Wall jumper. The Wizards would get back to back stops without being able to score before committing a bad turnover in the backcourt which led to a Jennings to Drummond alley-oop finish. The Wizards would turn it over again on the ensuing possession on a Nene travel and Stuckey hit a pair of free throws to put the Pistons up five. The Wizards would never get that close again.

Player of the Game

Even in the loss, John Wall was the best player on the court. He had a game high 34 points on 15/23 shooting, dished out six assists and grabbed four boards. During the fourth quarter when the Wizards' offense was struggling, he took it upon himself to really attack the basket and at times single-handedly kept the Wizards in the game.

Key Number

19. The Wizard committed 19 turnovers, which the Pistons turned into 22 points and probably made the difference in this one.

Unsung Hero

Marcin Gortat quietly ended up with a double-double against that huge Pistons' front line, finishing with 10 points and 12 boards. He also was a team high +7 in the loss.

By: Jacob Raim

Field Goal %: 48.7%
3 Point %: 38.1%
Assists: 22
Rebounds: 35
Opponents Field Goal %: 49.4%

Points: John Wall - 34
Rebounds: Marcin Gortat - 12
Assists: Trevor Ariza - 7
Blocks: Nene - 1
Steals: Trevor Ariza - 3