Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 12/29

Game 1: Wednesday, December 29th
Game 2: Tuesday, February 1st
Game 3: Saturday, February 12th
Game 4: Wednesday, April 6th

Pistons 105

(27-18, 12-11 away)

Wizards 96

(26-18, 16-7 home)

    Coverage: WBDC

    7:00 PM ET, February 1, 2005

    Verizon Center, Washington, DC

    1 2 3 4 T
    DET 25 27 18 35105
    WSH 25 22 28 2196

    Top Performers

    Det: C. Billups 28 Pts, 5 Reb, 9 Ast, 2 Stl

    WSH: A. Jamison 26 Pts, 6 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl

    Billups sparks Detroit's fourth-quarter surge

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Chauncey Billups made the steal, hit the layup, drew the foul and converted the three-point play. Less than a minute later, he hit a double-clutch, 25-foot 3-pointer at the shot clock buzzer.

    Suddenly, a one-point lead was seven late in the fourth quarter. Billups broke open a tight game, scoring 11 of his 28 in the final 5:10 Tuesday night as the Detroit Pistons beat the Washington Wizards 105-96.

    "In the end, Chauncey Billups is one of the best big-game shooters in the league," Washington's Antawn Jamison said.

    Tayshaun Prince added 25 points, Richard Hamilton scored 23, and Rasheed Wallace had 18 points and 12 rebounds as the Pistons won their fourth straight and beat the Wizards for the eighth straight time on the road. Detroit had three 20-point scorers for the first time this season.

    "We're trying to get a little string of wins going, just trying to be consistent and get back to where we were," said Ben Wallace, who had nine rebounds and three of Detroit's 10 blocks. "In order to do that, we have to come out and find ways to win games regardless of who we're playing and what their motive is."

    Billups also had nine assists and five rebounds, but his biggest contribution might have been his defensive job against Gilbert Arenas, whose five-game streak of 30-plus points came to an end.

    Arenas, who scored 21, was often denied the ball and wasn't able to penetrate when he had it -- he took just four free throws -- and his 3-for-11 performance from 3-point range failed to compensate.

    "I know they've got some great guards on their team that are going to be aggressive, and I just want to try to be aggressive, too," Billups said, "and make those guys work so they don't have so much energy coming late down the stretch."

    The usually talkative Arenas, who finished with 21 points, left the locker room quickly without comment.

    "Everybody is going to have that same tactic to prevent Gilbert from going crazy," Jamison said. "But these are the world champions. They know have to clamp down defensively. They know how to take things away."

    Jamison scored 26 points to lead the Wizards, who have lost three straight following a four-game winning streak. They are 4-5 since guard Larry Hughes broke his thumb.

    "There are no panic buttons being pushed," Washington coach Eddie Jordan said. "It is a fact of the NBA -- (a losing streak) is going to happen for most teams. We always say we have to bounce back."

    The game had 13 ties, the final time at 85-all with 5:52 remaining. The Wizards didn't score again for two minutes while Billups made the big plays that put Detroit in control.

    Defensive prowess was fully on display for both teams. They combined for 19 steals and 16 blocks, although Detroit's defense was stronger down the stretch.

    "It was fun, man, to get a couple of blocked shots," said Hamilton, whose career-high three blocks doubled his total for the entire season, "because people don't believe that I block shots."

    Game notes

    Detroit coach Larry Brown, who spent the last two days clarifying that he wasn't interested in the New York Knicks coaching job, made it immediately clear he wouldn't be a candidate if Rudy Tomjanovich leaves the Los Angeles Lakers. Brown again called the Pistons his "last job" as a professional coach and called "an embarrassment" the speculation that followed his comment last week that coaching the Knicks had been his "dream job." ... For the first time, the Wizards lost a game in which Jared Jeffries (11 points) scored in double figures. Washington had been 11-0 when he scored 10 or more. ... Wizards center Brendan Haywood fouled out with 4:54 to play.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 105 96
    FGM-FGA 37-83 (.446) 36-84 (.429)
    3PM-3PA 5-13 (.385) 8-21 (.381)
    FTM-FTA 26-35 (.743) 16-22 (.727)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 16-46 12-39
    Assists 22 22
    Turnovers 13 15
    Steals 11 8
    Blocks 10 6
    Fast Break Points 27 14
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (0/0) 27 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 12 12

    Top Performers

    Chauncey Billups Billups
    Points: 28
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 9
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0
    Antawn Jamison Jamison
    Points: 26
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0