AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Will Bynum's playing time seemed to be in jeopardy when the Detroit Pistons acquired veteran point guard Jose Calderon from the Toronto Raptors late last month. The Pistons have instead found that pairing the two together can produce a lethal backcourt combination.
Bynum scored 20 points off the bench, including 12 in the fourth quarter, as the Pistons snapped the Washington Wizards' four-game winning streak with a 96-85 victory at The Palace on Wednesday. Bynum also dished out five of his team-high eight assists in the fourth, when the Pistons outscored the Wizards 31-17.
Calderon supplied 24 points, including two back-breaking 3-pointers in the final quarter.
"I'm making the right plays as well as looking for Jose, looking for the hot hand," Bynum said. "It's chemistry. It's learning each other. As we continue to play together, we'll play better and better together. I'm loving it and I'm looking forward to continue playing with him."
Bynum has reached double figures in seven of the past nine games since the Pistons made the deal for Calderon on Jan. 30.
"I've never been concerned about competition or anything like that," Bynum said. "I invite that. It's been like that since I've been here. I've never complained. I'm just going to get after it every day."
Greg Monroe recorded his eighth consecutive double-double with 16 points and 18 rebounds for the Pistons (21-33), who have won three of their past four. Detroit clinched the season series with its third win over Washington. Charlie Villanueva added 11 points, including a go-ahead four-point play during an 11-0, fourth-quarter outburst.
Emeka Okafor led the Wizards (15-36) with 20 points and nine rebounds. John Wall chipped in 16 points and nine assists.
"They penetrated and got into the heart of our defense and made plays," Wizards forward Trevor Ariza said. "We did not do what we have been doing these past few games. Today was a result of us not taking care of business, and we let one slip away."
The Pistons trailed 68-65 entering the fourth, but they limited the Wizards to two points in the first 5:54 of the quarter. Villanueva's four-point play with 7:51 remaining handed Detroit a 71-70 lead. Villanueva made a 3-pointer from the right wing while getting fouled by Chris Singleton.
Bynum stretched the advantage with a floater and a lob pass to rookie center Slava Kravtsov to make it 76-70 with 6:28 left. Kravtsov, filling in for injured backup center Andre Drummond, also provided solid post defense during his 14-minute stint.
"I just really liked the defensive energy of that group," Detroit coach Lawrence Frank said.
Nene ended Detroit's 11-0 outburst with a short hook. A pair of Ariza layups tied the game, but Bynum answered with two free throws, a mid-range shot and a layup for an 82-76 Detroit lead. Bynum's skip pass to Calderon for a 3-pointer pushed the advantage to nine, and the Wizards couldn't mount a comeback from that point.
"Jose was definitely a sparkplug for us," Pistons forward Kyle Singler said. "He knocked down some big shots at the end of the game. Will and Jose, they're somewhat different players, but they're just tough guys to guard."
That was enough to cool off Washington, which had beaten four playoff contenders during its streak.
"We did not have an answer for Calderon or Bynum," Wizards coach Randy Wittman said. "They kind of did what they wanted to do."
NOTES: The Pistons have won 16 of the teams' past 20 meetings. ... Monroe's eighth straight double-doubles is the longest streak by a Piston since Grant Hill recorded 10 straight in March 1996. ... Guard Brandon Knight is the only Piston participating in All-Star Weekend. He will be in the Rising Stars Challenge, along with Washington rookie Bradley Beal, as well as in the Skills Competition. Drummond was invited to the Rising Stars game but is out with a back injury. ... The Wizards have held opponents under 100 points 10 straight games. The last time they did that was a 10-game streak in December 2001. ... Nene was averaging 15.7 points, 8.5 rebounds and 4.3 assists in his last six games but only managed 10 points, two rebounds and four assists Wednesday. ... Washington is now 10-8 since Wall returned from a knee injury. ... The Wizards have used 16 different lineups. ... The Pistons are now 2-26 trailing after three quarters. ... Eleven different players have led Detroit in scoring this season.