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Then, trailing as they took the floor to start the second half, the Wizards again turned to the 3-point shot - although it isn’t their strength - to turn things around. But for the second half, they made only four of 15 attempts from behind the arc. Their chances remained alive, however, because the Pistons made only 14 of 39 second-half shot attempts. Unfortunately for the Wizards, however, Detroit did just enough and responded whenever Washington tried to mount a run.

“It’s getting frustrating,” Jamison said. “We did a good job, winning a couple close ones [last week], and now we’re not fortunate enough to win some close ones. We just couldn’t get over the hump. Kept getting it to two, three, four. But we couldn’t get the stops we needed and didn’t execute offensively, and things pretty much went their way the whole game. … One of those games where you had your opportunities, but they did more than we did to win.”