AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- Jason Maxiell scored 20 points and
Carlos Delfino added 13 points and 12 rebounds as the Detroit
Pistons defeated the Washington Wizards 101-94 Tuesday in a
The game was moved up by 30 minutes to avoid overlapping with
the Detroit Tigers in Game 3 of the World Series, but it still was
played in front of a tiny crowd at the Palace of Auburn Hills.
Neither team was at full strength, but the Wizards were closer
than Detroit, which gave Chauncey Billups, Richard Hamilton and
Rasheed Wallace the night off. Washington's Antawn Jamison started
the game, but played only 6 minutes before leaving with a sore
shoulder that was not considered serious.
The Wizards led 48-44 at the half, but Detroit took control in
the third, outscoring the Wizards' reserves 28-16 to take a 72-64
Detroit cruised in the fourth, posting a comfortable victory
even though Tayshaun Prince had joined his celebrated running mates
on the bench after playing only 21 minutes.
Flip Murray added 14 points, and Prince and Lindsey Hunter had
10 each, for Detroit.