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
"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
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.
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.