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Pistons 104, Wizards 98

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WASHINGTON -- Forward Josh Smith scored 20 of his 22 points in the second half and guard Rodney Stuckey had 20 as the Detroit Pistons rallied during the third quarter for a 104-98 win over the Washington Wizards on Saturday night.

Kyle Singler added 14 points and fellow forward Greg Monroe had 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Pistons (17-23). Detroit had lost seven of its last nine games, including two to the Wizards.

Guard John Wall scored 34 points, including 13 in the fourth quarter, and forward Martell Webster had 15 for the Wizards (19-20).

Washington failed in its attempt to post a winning record for the first time since Oct. 31, 2009. The Wizards entered with a season-high three-game winning streak but took the loss as 19 turnovers led to 22 points for Detroit.

Tied at 88-88 with 5:46 remaining, Stuckey's 3-point play put Detroit in front for good. He scored seven of nine points for Detroit, including a jumper with 2:30 left for a 97-90 lead.

Wall delivered 10 straight points for Washington and his fast-break layup trimmed Detroit's lead to 101-98 with 22.9 seconds remaining.

Pistons guard Brandon Jennings made three of four free throws inside the final 21 seconds and finished with 14 points.

Both teams shot below 60 percent from the free throw and Washington finished 16 of 29.

Smith missed all six of his shots from the field in the first half after going 1 of 6 in Friday's 110-89 home loss to the Utah Jazz.

He clearly found his touch during halftime. Smith made 5 of 8 during the third quarter for 12 points. His jumper capped a 13-2 run and put the Pistons up 63-62 after trailing 54-46 at halftime before the crowd of 17,039.

Washington reached .500 on two other occasions this season only to lose its next game.

Wizards forward Trevor Booker left in the first half with a sprained left ankle and did not return.

Washington swept Detroit in a home-and-home series on Dec. 28-30 after the Pistons won the season opener at home.

Detroit center Andre Drummond had 10 points and 13 rebounds as the Pistons won the battle of the boards 44-35.

Center Marcin Gortat had 10 points and 12 rebounds for Washington.

Washington shot 69 percent from the field in the first quarter for a 29-22 lead, but Stuckey's scoring fueled a Pistons rally as Detroit jumped in front 40-36.

Jan Vesely scored six of Washington's next eight points on three plays at the rim. That started an 18-4 spurt as the Wizards entered halftime leading 54-46.

NOTES: Wizards G John Wall and Pistons G Rodney Stuckey each scored 13 points in the first half on 6 of 9 shooting. ... Pistons G Chauncey Billups was inactive. The 16-year veteran has not played in three straight and four of five games. ...The Wizards signed G Eric Maynor this offseason to back up Wall. Early struggles put him on the bench and G Garrett Temple into the rotation. Entering Saturday, Maynor last played Dec. 28. "His time and situation will come. We're going to need Eric," Wizards coach Randy Wittman said. "He's working hard. He's staying ready. That's what he has to do." ...Washington hosts the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday, the same day the Pistons face the Los Angeles Clippers in Detroit.
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