– Brandon Jennings (15 points, 14 assists) led the first half charge for Detroit dishing out 10 assists in the first two quarters. Jennings, Pistons (14-19) go ice cold in fourth to drop their second straight to the Wizards (14-14)
Detroit continues to disappoint their hometown fans as they have now lost 6 of 7 at the Palace of Auburn Hills and three in a row overall, as Detroit surrenders yet another double-digit second half lead, this time to the hands of the Washington Wizards.
Led by soon to be all-star point guard John Wall (29 points, 7 assists), the Wizards came from behind in the fourth led by a 9-0 spurt out of the gate to start the fourth provided by their bench. Kevin Seraphin had all six of his points in the final quarter all at key points of the game. Along with Seraphin, Otto Porter Jr. provided seven points for coach Randy Wittman’s crew in just 10 minutes off the pine.
Despite the nice outputs by several key Piston players, Greg Monroe (22 points, 10 rebounds), Brandon Jennings (15 points, 14 assists), Josh Smith (16 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists), and a career high 17 points for Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (all in first half), Detroit managed to find a way to go 3-15 from the field in the final quarter and chuck up another “L” in the loss column.
Detroit (outscored 28-12 in final quarter) did no help to themselves as they showed why they are the worse free throw shooting team in the entire NBA and a big reason the Pistons come up on the losing end tonight, going 21-35 from the stripe, 2-10 in the first period.
Detroit now gets some much-needed practice time as they have now lost three consecutive “winnable” games. The Pistons now get 5 days of rest before their next contest against the struggling Memphis Grizzlies at the Palace on Sunday as they try to ring in the new year with a win.
– Rodney Stuckey sat out Monday night after an MRI on his right shoulder came up negative after he aggravated Saturday against the Wizards in Washington. Expect Rodney to be ready to play Sunday at home against former NBA Champion and Detroit Piston Tayshaun Prince.
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