It wasn’t pretty at times. The Pistons still have their issues against teams with size, as evidenced by JaVale McGee’s 20 point/16 rebound and Andray Blatche’s 20 point/8 rebound lines, but they were able to call on some familiar faces for the win tonight in front of 13k+ fans at the Palace.
The game didn’t really get good until overtime when Richard Hamilton turned back the clock and reminded us of why he gets paid the big bucks. Hamilton, who scored 12 points for the Pistons in overtime, finished the night with 27 points and had this to say after the game:
“I still enjoy playing this game, and I’m always going to work hard out there,” said Hamilton, who came into the night averaging just 12.1 points. “When they need me, like they did tonight, I’m going to be ready.”
Let’s look at the re-cap shall we?:
- Charlie Villanueva has arguably not only his best game of the season, but possibly his best game as a Piston: 25 points and 11 rebounds on 11/16 from the field, including 4/6 from 3. He also provided 11 rebounds.
- Gilbert Arenas had 19 points and 16 assists for the Wizards.
- 2010 #1 overall draft pick John Wall did not play for the Wizards.
- Jason Maxiell was working hard all night on the glass and in the post for the Pistons – he scored 14 points and had 5 rebounds.
- Austin Daye did not play. Why?
- Greg Monroe played limited minutes, and was a team worst -11 in +/-.
- Nick Young scored 18 points off the bench for the Wizards.
- 5 players in double figures for both teams.
- Detroit outrebounded Washington 44-41.
- Tayshaun Prince had an off night shooting (3-13 from the field) but he did help out with 6 assists and 7 rebounds to go with 7 points.
- Rodney Stuckey provided a spark with 15 points and 7 assists.
- DaJuan Summers, Chris Wilcox, Jonas Jerebko and Terrico White were inactive for the game.
- Frozen turkeys were dribbling juice on the court during a “frozen turkey giveaway” promotion, therefore the promotion was cut short early. Pistons fans hoping for a free turkey went home disappointed.
- JaVale McGee, one of the most athletic big men in the NBA, flashed a couple of highlight reel worthy plays including a handful of nice putback dunks.
The Pistons needed this win tonight before they head into a tough stretch of games to close out November. Now they head to Dallas to face Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday before heading to Memphis to play the Grizzlies and the back end of a back to back.