It happened again. Another gut-wrenching Wizards collapse at the Verizon Center. Washington held a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter, manged to let it slip away once again, and ultimately lost to the Pistons 79 to 77.
I can’t describe to you how ugly the first half was. It seriously resembled a junior-varsity high school game, and a bad one at that. It was so bad that the Wizards led 35 to 30 at the half even though they were 0/9 from behind the arc; they were out-rebounded by Detroit; and they only shot 35.7% from the floor.
Fortunately the action picked up in the third quarter. After only scoring 35 points in the first half, the Wizards scored 27 in the third quarter alone.
Sadly, the reality that the Wizards would eventually find a way to lose this game smacked us square in the face.
The Wizards only made two field goals in the last 8:49, and got beat at the buzzer by Rodney Stuckey.
A very Wizards-like way to lose indeed.
Now here’s a few Bullets Points:
- Nene returned back to the starting line-up after missing yesterday’s game in Boston, but Trevor Booker missed the game tonight due to knee tendinitis. Kevin Seraphin started in his place at power forward.
- Seraphin had himself another nice game as a starter. He had 12 points (6/9 FG), but only 5 rebounds. His offensive game seems to be growing leaps and bounds though. Tonight he continued showcasing his “dream shake” and left-handed hook shot.
- Coming off of two straight sub-par performances, John Wall took a step in the right direction vs. the Pistons. It wasn’t all pretty, as he shot 6/17 from the field, but he did come close to a triple-double with 14 points, 9 assists, and 7 rebounds. What will stick with Wall is missing a tough, contested lay-in attempt on the baseline that would have given the Wizards the lead with about a half-minute remaining.
- After Wall missed the lay-in, Ben Wallace grabbed the rebound and was fouled. He made one of his free-throw attempts, giving the Pistons a two point lead. The Wizards responded with a Nene bucket in the post, tying the score at 77. To end this sequence, Rodney Stuckey came down the floor and knocked down a jumper from about 18 feet over Jordan Crawford. Game over.
Luckily the Wizards will get two straight days off before traveling to Indianapolis for a game against the Pacers.
As Steve Buckhantz said, “Washington bailed out Detroit, again.”