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.