Villanueva's 19 power Pistons for 2nd straight win over Wizards

12/23/2012
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The Wizards' Bradley Beal (3) reaches for the ball, but is held back by the Pistons' Kyle Singler during the second half on Saturday.

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WASHINGTON — Charlie Villanueva scored 19 points, Rodney Stuckey added 18, and the Detroit Pistons got their second win in as many nights over the Washington Wizards, 96-87 on Saturday night.

It was only the second time this season that Detroit had won consecutive games.

The Wizards, who trailed throughout the game, have lost seven straight and dropped to 3-22.

For the second straight night, Detroit had 58 rebounds, a season high.

The Wizards closed to 88-81 with 6:15 to play, but didn't score for nearly four minutes as Detroit built a 94-81 lead with 2:55 to play.

Jordan Crawford, who scored his only point of the first half with 1:05 to play, scored 20 in the second half to lead Washington with 21. Emeka Okafor had 14 points and tied a season high with 14 rebounds.

After the Pistons beat the Wizards by 32 on Friday night, coach Randy Wittman called their performance embarrassing. A day later, he said: "We went through the motions."

In the first quarter, it was no better, Washington began the game shooting 1 for 15, and Wittman was assessed a technical foul.

Washington shot just 17.4 percent (4 for 23) in the first quarter and trailed 22-13. Detroit shot 36 percent.

In the second half, Detroit built its largest lead, 59-37 a little more than two minutes into the third quarter, but Tayshaun Prince sprained his right ankle in a collision, left the game and did not return.

NOTES: Detroit F Corey Maggette was inactive for the second straight game. ... Washington G John Wall, who's missed all season with an injured left knee, has started running on the court, Wittman said.

The Wizards' Bradley Beal (3) reaches for the ball, but is held back by the Pistons' Kyle Singler during the second half on Saturday.
The Wizards' Bradley Beal (3) reaches for the ball, but is held back by the Pistons' Kyle Singler during the second half on Saturday.