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In a game that featured little defense – the Pistons were able to use a hot shooting 1st quarter to propel them to victory over the Washington Wizards at The Palace, 113-102.  7 Pistons players scored in double digits as the Pistons lead for the entire game.  While it was a fun game to watch for the high scoring, it’s definitely not the kind of basketball the old school Piston fans are used to seeing (or enjoying).

Super-rookie John Wall scored 24 points (including 12-13 from the free throw line) to go along with 7 assists and 5 rebounds (with 4 turnovers).  Slam dunk contest finalist JaVale McGee finished with 12 points and 2 rebounds, after scoring 20 points and having 16 rebounds in the last matchup in November.

Let’s look at the highlights, shall we?:

Tayshaun Prince

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  • Austin Daye, described by many as the player with the best jumpshot in last year’s NBA Draft, scored an efficient 12 points in 18 minutes off the bench to go along with 5 rebounds and 2 blocked shots.  Daye has really shown signs of improvement as the season has worn on, and it’ll nice to see what he can contribute as a starter, next season.
  • Need4Sheed fan favorite, Rodney Stuckey, had a near triple double and a +22 +/- for the Pistons.  Stuckey finished with 19 points, 9 assists and 7 rebounds.  In the words of Junior – “take that, Boney”
  • Wow – Detroit won rebounding matchup 45-29.  To be honest, if I’m a Wizard fan that total disgusts me.  The Wizards have 2 guys in the starting lineup who had a height advantage over the entire Pistons roster.  The Wizards are a young team that need to prove they’re ready for the big time.
  • LOL @ Nick Young’s hair
  • I don’t know about you but, Trevor Booker reminds me of a young Jason Maxiell.  Booker is a feisty post player, in his 1st year from Clemson.
  • Pistons super rookie Greg Monroe contributed with 12 points and 7 rebounds in 21 minutes.
  • Player of the night: Tayshaun Prince with 20 points on 10-19 shooting and the biggest poster of the year.
  • Tayshaun Prince DUNK and HL’s

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  • Richard Hamilton received the largest ovation on the evening when he checked in late in the 1st quarter

Need4Sheed’s thoughts and prayers go out to former Pistons coach Flip Saunders and his family on the loss of Saunders’ mother.  We may talk bad about Saunders occasionally, but he is a good man and helped this team win many games.  Saunders was not with the team tonight – he was in Cleveland with his family.

The Pistons now must pack their bags and head out for a 3 game road trip to face off against the San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder and Denver Nuggets.  It’s not going to be an easy trip, but the Pistons got off on the right start with a win tonight.

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.
Charlie Villanueva

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  • 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.