Detroit (41-24) at Washington (32-34)

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  • Game info: 7:00 pm EST Tue Mar 18, 2003
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WASHINGTON (TICKER) —The Detroit Pistons try to snap a six-game road losing streak on Tuesday when they visit MCI Center to play the Washington Wizards, who are clinging to the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

The Pistons have lost six consecutive road games after going winless on a five-game trip from February 24-March 2. They have fallen to 17-17 away from home, which is the second-best road record in the Eastern Conference.

Detroit completed a 4-1 homestand with an 81-71 loss to the Boston Celtics on Saturday.

Chauncey Billups scored 19 points and Ben Wallace had 21 rebounds to lead Detroit, which has lost eight of its last 12 games overall.

Richard Hamilton made just 3-of-15 shots from the floor and is shooting 30.7 percent (20-65) in the last four games.

Despite their recent struggles, the Pistons have a 1 1/2-game lead over New Jersey for the best record in the Eastern Conference and are just two games ahead of third-place Philadelphia.

Washington has split its last 18 games and is one-half game ahead of Milwaukee for the eighth and final playoff spot in the East.

The Wizards have won three of their last four games at home, including an 89-82 victory over the Miami Heat on Saturday.

Jerry Stackhouse scored 37 points and Michael Jordan added 19 for Washington, which plays 11 of its final 16 games on the road.

The Pistons have won two of three meetings with the Wizards this season and have won their last three visits to the MCI Center.

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