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“I really had a rhythm going in the first half, but I couldn’t get it back in the second half. I was trying to loosen up and get back into that same feeling, but it didn’t happen,” Caldwell-Pope said. “They didn’t take anything away from us. We just stopped moving the ball. We’ve got to finish games and make plays in the fourth.”

The Pistons entered the game leading the NBA with 14.4 offensive rebounds per game. They had 14 in the first half against Washington.

“You can’t allow that to happen,” Webster said. “We wanted to come out in the second half and take that away.”

Detroit had only four offensive rebounds in the second half.