Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 3)

Series starts 11/25

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

Pistons 92

(49-12, 22-10 away)

Wizards 110

(31-30, 22-11 home)

Coverage: WBDC

7:00 PM ET, March 11, 2006

Verizon Center, Washington, DC

1 2 3 4 T
DET 28 25 23 1692
WSH 28 31 33 18110

Top Performers

Detroit: R. Wallace 18 Pts, 9 Reb, 2 Ast

Washington: G. Arenas 34 Pts, 2 Reb, 6 Ast, 3 Stl

Arenas, Butler lead Wizards past Pistons

WASHINGTON (AP) -- If nothing else, the Washington Wizards can beat the Detroit Pistons.

For the second time this season, the Wizards broke out of a slump by beating the NBA's top team. Gilbert Arenas scored 34 points and Caron Butler had 30 in Saturday night's 110-92 victory.

"After the game, we said, 'Why can't we play like this for 21 more games? With that sort of effort, that sort of discipline, that sort of force," Wizards coach Eddie Jordan said. "That's the challenge we'll have every night."

The Wizards ended a five-game losing streak by beating Detroit in two overtimes on Nov. 25, and they are still the only Eastern Conference team with a road win over the Pistons. On Saturday, the Wizards ended a 1-5 slide and kept themselves from moving below .500.

Washington and Utah are the only teams with two victories over Detroit this season.

"We knew if we lost this game, our back was really going to be against the wall," forward Antawn Jamison said. "It was another show of character as far as fighting and finding a way to get a win."

The Wizards won by shooting 55 percent, including 59 percent through the first three quarters. They led by six at halftime and then pulled away, scoring the first eight points of the second half to build a 14-point lead. Back-to-back 3-pointers from Antonio Daniels and Jamison then put Washington in full control.

Rasheed Wallace scored 18, and Richard Hamilton had 16 for the Pistons, who had won seven straight road games against the Wizards. Tony Delk scored a season-high 16 points off the bench. Ben Wallace matched a season low with four rebounds.

Detroit has lost three of five, matching its worst stretch of the season.

"It's probably just being a little overconfident," point guard Chauncey Billups said, "coming out knowing that we can turn it on like a light switch and win the game, like we've done so many times.

"But a lot of times the best thing about your team is the worst thing about your team, too. That's what we're going through right now. We're coming out so unaggressive, and these teams start rolling."

Arenas made 13 of 19 shots and was 4-of-8 on 3-pointers in his 30th 30-point game of the season. Butler was 10-for-14 from the field. Daniels, starting for the injured Jared Jeffries, added 16 points. The Wizards made a season-high 12 3-pointers.

Arenas said his teammates were fired up because of his ongoing revenge tour against Eastern Conference coaches, who as a group didn't select him for the All-Star game. Arenas made the All-Star game only as a late injury replacement, and he played the fewest minutes of any East player. Detroit coach Flip Saunders was the East's coach.

"I said that I was going to get Flip back," Arenas said. "My team was behind me, they were ready to go. Easy way to get them riled up."

Both teams shot well in a fast-paced first half. Washington led 59-53 at the break thanks to better 3-point shooting, going 7-for-11.

Butler and Arenas hit 3-pointers, and Brendan Haywood followed with a 4-foot hook shot to start the second half, giving the Wizards a 67-53 lead. Saunders grew frustrated as the half progressed, and he was called for a technical for arguing a call late in the third quarter.

"We have not defended how we need to defend," Saunders said. "We've been too soft on the ball. ... They kicked out butts every which way. I would like to point to one area and say that we did something well, but we didn't."

Game notes

Washington's 59 first-half points equaled the most allowed by the Pistons this season. ... Jeffries missed his third straight game with a strained left calf. ... The Wizards' last home win against Detroit came on March 14, 2001. ... Several free agents being courted by the Washington Redskins sat in the so-called "dream seats" next to the Detroit bench in the second half. Redskins owner Dan Snyder paid $10,000 for the seats.

Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


Team Stat Comparison

Points 92 110
FGM-FGA 35-72 (.486) 41-74 (.554)
3PM-3PA 5-19 (.263) 12-24 (.500)
FTM-FTA 17-20 (.850) 16-25 (.640)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 9-38 6-30
Assists 18 20
Turnovers 17 11
Steals 4 8
Blocks 2 3
Fast Break Points 7 11
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 22 (2/0) 16 (1/0)
Largest Lead 7 25

Top Performers

Rasheed Wallace Wallace
Points: 18
Reb: 9
Ast: 2
Stl: 0
Blk: 0
Gilbert Arenas Arenas
Points: 34
Reb: 2
Ast: 6
Stl: 3
Blk: 0