Andray Blatche and Nick Young scored 21 points apiece for the Wizards. Jordan Crawford, who is from Detroit, scored seven points.
“I had a lot of people in the crowd and I just wanted to play,” Crawford said. “I’m here in Washington and I’m glad to be given the opportunity to play here, and I want to be here for a while.”
Detroit lost to Minnesota on Wednesday night for the Timberwolves’ fifth road win of the season, but the Pistons were able to prevent the Wizards from earning a rare victory away from home. Washington beat Minnesota at home Saturday night, but the Wizards have won back-to-back games only once all season.
JaVale McGee scored 12 points for Washington, and Trevor Booker added 10.
Notes: Detroit’s Ben Wallace remained out following the death of his brother last weekend, and Tracy McGrady, who has been benched, sat out for a fifth straight game. … Washington attempted 34 free throws to Detroit’s 14.
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