Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 3)

Series starts 1/2

Game 1: Wednesday, January 2nd
Game 2: Sunday, March 23rd
Game 3: Friday, April 11th

Pistons 106

(25-7, 12-5 away)

Wizards 93

(15-15, 9-7 home)

    Coverage: WDWB

    7:00 PM ET, January 2, 2008

    Verizon Center, Washington, DC

    1 2 3 4 T
    DET 26 31 27 22106
    WSH 27 20 25 2193

    Top Performers

    Det: R. Hamilton 20 Pts, 7 Reb, 9 Ast, 1 Stl

    WSH: C. Butler 22 Pts, 7 Reb, 6 Ast, 2 Stl

    Hamilton, Pistons continue dominance, rough up Wizards

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Detroit Pistons' energy and enthusiasm impressed Washington Wizards coach Eddie Jordan.

    He wished he'd seen some of the same from his own team Wednesday night.

    Richard Hamilton's 20 points made him the 10th-leading scorer in Pistons history, and he added nine assists and seven rebounds to help Detroit earn its 10th consecutive victory by beating Washington 106-93.

    Playing the Right Way
    The Pistons have won 10 straight games overall and 17 of their last 19. Here's the breakdown of Detroit's superiority during its win streak:
    FG Pct.47.441.7
    3-Pt. Pct.41.930.6

    "I told our team, if this is a test -- which it is when you play against the best team in the league; especially right now, they're the best team -- then you have to see how you respond to them," Jordan said. "And if this was a test, I give us a C or a C-minus."

    It's the Pistons' longest winning streak since an 11-gamer in January 2006, and their average margin of victory during the current run is 16.8 points.

    "Another game where most of our starters could sit and watch most of the fourth quarter and watch our young guys develop," said point guard Chauncey Billups, who scored 16.

    How lopsided was this one? Detroit led by double digits throughout the second half and seven Pistons scored at least 10 points.

    Detroit used a 10-0 run at the start of the second quarter to take the lead for good. Led by Jason Maxiell's 15 points, including one huge putback dunk, Detroit's reserves outscored Washington's 33-8.

    "Max, that's what he does," Billups said. "He comes in there with reckless abandon, and we feed off of him."

    Jordan took note.

    "Your bench needs to come in and give you a shot in the arm a little bit, whether you're going well or you're not going well. They've got to come in and up the ante a little bit," the coach said. "We just didn't have that. But even the starters didn't have it after a while."

    His Wizards were paced by Caron Butler's 22 points and Antawn Jamison's 21, but they again failed to defeat a top team. Washington's last victory over a club with a winning record came Dec. 1 against the Toronto Raptors.

    The Pistons, meanwhile, are beating everyone. They improved to 25-7 overall, 17-2 against Eastern Conference opponents. Detroit coach Flip Saunders was honored Wednesday as the East's coach of the month after his club went 15-2 in December.

    "You're happy," Saunders said, "because it shows your team is playing at a high level -- and they played at a high level for 30 days."

    Hamilton's been a big part of that, and he now has led Detroit in scoring each of its past six games.

    He entered Wednesday needing four points to pass Gene Shue on the Pistons' career scoring list and, surprisingly, didn't get there in the first quarter, shooting only 1-for-4. But the former Wizards player got going with 13 points in the second period.

    "It's fun. I'm not actually playing a lot of minutes," Hamilton said. "It's great when you're winning and the bench gets an opportunity. It makes everyone's job a lot easier."

    Game notes

    Wizards point guard Antonio Daniels returned after missing seven games with a sprained right knee. He finished with 18 points and two assists in 36 minutes. But reserve F Darius Songaila (Achilles' heel) did not play. ... Pistons F Jarvis Hayes scored 12 points in his first game against his former team; he left the Wizards as a free agent in the offseason. "It's a little weird coming in as a visitor, but that's the name of the game," he said. ... Washington Redskins RB Clinton Portis, sitting courtside, drew loud cheers when he was shown on the videoboard. Boos came when the logo of the Seattle Seahawks -- the Redskins' playoff opponent Saturday -- was put on the board in the first quarter. Then again, the jeers were even more vociferous a couple of minutes later, when the screen showed the Dallas Cowboys' logo, followed by shots of QB Tony Romo and WR Terrell Owens.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 106 93
    FGM-FGA 37-76 (.487) 30-67 (.448)
    3PM-3PA 11-22 (.500) 5-18 (.278)
    FTM-FTA 21-26 (.808) 28-32 (.875)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 6-17 7-15
    Assists 23 13
    Turnovers 13 15
    Steals 6 4
    Blocks 4 2
    Fast Break Points 11 12
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 24 (1/0) 18 (1/1)
    Largest Lead 20 2

    Top Performers

    Richard Hamilton Hamilton
    Points: 20
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 9
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Caron Butler Butler
    Points: 22
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0