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Detroit at Washington

Hamilton, Pistons trounce Wizards for 10th win in row

CBSSports.com wire reports
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WASHINGTON -- 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.

"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."

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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Caron Butler's Wizards find the going tough against the surging Pistons.  (Getty Images)
Caron Butler's Wizards find the going tough against the surging Pistons. (Getty Images)
Scoreboard
Detroit (25-7) «26312722106
Washington (15-15) 2720252193
DET:R. Hamilton 20 Pts
DET:A. McDyess 8 Reb
DET:R. Hamilton 9 Ast
WAS:C. Butler 22 Pts
WAS:B. Haywood 10 Reb
WAS:C. Butler 6 Ast
Players of the Game
WashingtonDetroit

C. Butler

R. Hamilton
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
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Detroit
R. Hamilton, SG387-185-579220
R. Wallace, PF336-151-183316
A. McDyess, PF325-80-080210
T. Prince, SF313-75-515211
C. Billups, PG295-92-302216
J. Maxiell, PF255-75-870415
R. Stuckey, SG231-40-01332
J. Hayes, SF144-61-220412
A. Afflalo, SG70-02-20012
P. Brezec, C30-00-02010
A. Johnson, SF31-10-01002
W. Herrmann, SF20-10-00100
L. Hunter, SGDid Not Play
R. Murray, PGDid Not Play
C. Samb, CDid Not Play
Totals 37-7621-26372324106
 48.7%80.8% 
Washington
C. Butler, SF457-148-876222
A. Jamison, PF439-182-290121
B. Haywood, C385-95-5100415
A. Daniels, PG356-95-512118
D. Stevenson, SG342-73-43429
R. Mason, SG161-31-21124
A. Blatche, SF160-31-23021
N. Young, SG100-33-40043
D. McGuire, PF30-10-01000
E. Thomas, CDid Not Play
G. Arenas, PGDid Not Play
D. Songaila, PFDid Not Play
O. Pecherov, CDid Not Play
M. Wilks, PGDid Not Play
Totals 30-6728-3235131893
 44.8%87.5% 
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Atl 94 Final
Cle 98
Mem 90 Final
Ind 72
NJ 96 Final
Orl 95
Chi 109 Final
Char 97
Hou 93 Final
Bos 97
Mil 103 Final
Mia 98
Sac 107 Final
NY 97
Port 90 Final
Min 79
GS 99 Final
Dal 121
Phi 107 Final
Utah 110
NO 95 Final
LAC 81