Final

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 1)

Series starts 10/10

Game 1: Friday, October 10th
Pistons73Final
Wizards62

Pistons 73

(3-0, 2-0 away)

Wizards 62

(1-2, 0-1 home)

    7:00 PM ET, October 10, 2008

    Verizon Center, Washington, DC

    1 2 3 4 T
    DET 23 15 19 1673
    WSH 20 16 11 1562

    Pistons 73, Wizards 62

    Associated Press

    WASHINGTON -- Rasheed Wallace scored 12 points to lead the Detroit Pistons to a 73-62 preseason victory over the Washington Wizards on Friday night.

    Wallace had nine points in the first quarter and added a 3-pointer in the third as the Pistons, who never trailed, outscored the Wizards 19-11 to take a 57-47 lead entering the fourth. They extended their lead to 71-53 with 4 minutes to play.

    Chauncey Billups had 10 points, Kwame Brown added nine and Richard Hamilton had eight for Detroit (3-0, which is undefeated under new coach Michael Curry.

    Caron Butler, Etan Thomas, Dominic McGuire and JaVale McGee all had eight points for the Wizards (1-2), who missed 30 of 40 shot in the second half.

    It was Washington's last game in North America for 12 days. They are scheduled to leave on Saturday for a trip to Berlin and Barcelona, where they will play New Orleans on Oct. 14 and Oct. 17.

    The Wizards were without Antawn Jamison, who bruised his right knee Monday against Dallas, and center Brendan Haywood, who will have surgery on his torn ligaments on his right wrist next week. They were also missing guard Juan Dixon (right calf) and swingman Nick Young (sore left knee).

    Thomas, who missed last season after heart surgery, started at center and played 22 minutes in his most extended appearance this preseason. Andray Blatche, who started at forward in place of Jamison, fouled out in the third quarter after missing 10 of 12 shots from the field.

    Game notes


    The Wizards cut free agent F Taj McCullough. They have 17 players on their roster. ... Pistons F Walter Herrmann missed the game with sore ribs.

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