Final / 2OT

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 3)

Series starts 11/25

Game 1: Friday, November 25th
Game 2: Saturday, March 11th
Game 3: Wednesday, April 19th

Wizards 120

(6-6, 3-4 away)

Pistons 114

(9-2, 4-1 home)

8:00 PM ET, November 25, 2005

The Palace of Auburn Hills, Detroit, MI

1 2 3 4 OT 2OT T
WSH 26 22 26 21 9 16120
DET 13 30 30 22 9 10114

Top Performers

WSH: G. Arenas 39 Pts, 4 Reb, 8 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 Blk

Det: R. Wallace 33 Pts, 11 Reb, 5 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 Blk

Arenas scores 39 as Washington downs Detroit

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- A former Detroit Pistons player gave the Washington Wizards the boost they needed.

Chucky Atkins, traded shortly before Detroit won the 2004 NBA championship, came off the bench to score 12 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter Friday night in the Wizards' 120-114 double-overtime victory over the Pistons.

Gilbert Arenas scored 39 points as the Wizards snapped a five-game losing streak.

Atkins made four 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to help erase an eight-point Detroit lead.

"Chucky hit those four 3s in a row to get us back in the game," Arenas said. "We would never have been in the game if Chucky didn't step up."

Rasheed Wallace scored a season-high 33 points and had 11 rebounds for the Pistons, who lost at home for the first time after starting the season with four straight wins.

Washington's Caron Butler added a season-high 27 points for Washington. Butler was 8-for-8 from the free throw line in the second overtime period and Washington was 14-for-16. The Wizards had lost their last four road games.

Butler made two free throws 18 seconds into the second overtime to give Washington the lead for good.

Detroit's Ben Wallace made a tying shot and drew a foul with 0.6 seconds left in the first overtime, but missed a potential winning free throw.

"It's a tough one," he said, "but we had our opportunities to win it. We just let it slip away."

Arenas drew a blocking foul with 2.3 seconds to play in regulation and made both free throws to tie it and force the first extra period. He attempted 32 field goals and made just 10, but coach Eddie Jordan didn't mind.

"He was out there tonight with a bum knee playing defense and being the quarterback for us," Jordan said. "His will to win is why the great ones are great."

Detroit trailed most of the game and was behind 74-73 at the start of the fourth quarter, but seemed to have momentum after scoring the first nine points of that period. Atkins then went on a run of his own, outscoring the Pistons 12-4.

"Once you see shots falling in and you're a shooter, everything seems to fall sometimes," he said. "It's great to have a night like this, especially when you've been trying to find your shot and find yourself, and against a championship-caliber team."

He fouled out a minute after his final 3-pointer, which tied the game at 86.

Detroit's Chauncey Billups, one of Atkins' closest friends during his time in Detroit, fouled out in the second overtime period after scoring 21 points.

"I love Chucky to death and was happy to see him get it going," Billups said. "Just not against us."

Ben Wallace also fouled out in the second overtime after grabbing 16 rebounds.

Washington held Detroit to a season-worst 13 points in the first quarter and led 48-43 at the half. Richard Hamilton, the Pistons' leading scorer, was 4-for-15 from the field and finished with 11 points, 10 below his average.

"That was one of those that sometimes how you start is how you finish," Detroit coach Flip Saunders said. "We started bad, we didn't have enough confidence, we let them get into a rhythm and it seems like we were fighting for the next 58 minutes trying to catch up."

The Pistons' 37 percent shooting was their worst this season.

Antawn Jamison finished with 22 points and career highs in rebounds (20) and minutes (56) for the Wizards.

Game notes

The overtime game was the first for both teams this season. Four players recorded career highs for minutes played. ... The win was Washington's first this season against a team that scored more than 100 points. ... Detroit lost for the first time this season when scoring more than 100 points. ... Jamison left the game late in the first quarter after jamming his left thumb, but returned a few minutes later. ... Friday's crowd of 22,076 was the Pistons' 90th consecutive sellout.

Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


Team Stat Comparison

Points 120 114
FGM-FGA 36-100 (.360) 40-108 (.370)
3PM-3PA 10-26 (.385) 8-28 (.286)
FTM-FTA 38-46 (.826) 26-33 (.788)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 25-61 25-64
Assists 18 23
Turnovers 12 15
Steals 11 3
Blocks 5 6
Fast Break Points 15 10
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 29 (2/0) 32 (0/0)
Largest Lead 17 8

Top Performers

Gilbert Arenas Arenas
Points: 39
Reb: 4
Ast: 8
Stl: 2
Blk: 2
Rasheed Wallace Wallace
Points: 33
Reb: 11
Ast: 5
Stl: 2
Blk: 2