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By David A. Clarke Jr.
Blame Washington's intelligence failure, not lack of police
Topic - Will Bynum
If the Detroit Pistons had played defense like this all season, their chances of making the playoffs might not look so remote.
The Boston Celtics overcame Detroit's dominance inside by passing the ball precisely and protecting it better than they had all season.
The Minnesota Timberwolves can't afford any more lazy starts like the one that got them beat two nights ago. They can't afford any more losses to teams with inferior records. Their one last, desperate playoff push begins right now.
The Chicago Bulls didn't get a great night from their starters Wednesday. Their backups made sure they didn't need one.
The fact that San Antonio weathered a spate of injuries and a road trip that lasted nearly a month did not surprise Detroit coach John Loyer. But the efficiency the Spurs showed in their return home and return to health left him and the Pistons a bit awe-struck.
Samuel Dalembert had more offensive rebounds than Andre Drummond, Greg Monroe and Josh Smith combined.
It was one of the most spectacular plays of a dreary season for the Detroit Pistons: Andre Drummond knocked a pass away near midcourt, took off toward the basket and threw down an emphatic one-handed dunk while being fouled by Atlanta's Elton Brand.
After one of his worst games of the season, Andre Drummond got a little pep talk from Detroit coach Maurice Cheeks.
It was a night when the Detroit Pistons had a real chance to make a statement - to their own fans as much as anyone.
"Somebody just needs to not tell us our record and we'll just go out and play," Washington guard Bradley Beal said. "Every time they tell us '.500,' we just pressure ourselves too much and end up not showing up."
Josh Smith and Rodney Stuckey kept the Washington Wizards from their first winning record in more than four years.
Josh Smith was annoyed with himself earlier in the week, when his jumper with the game on the line missed badly and Detroit went on to lose to the New York Knicks.
Josh Smith's driving, left-handed bank shot with 1.2 seconds left gave the Detroit Pistons a 110-108 win over the Phoenix Suns on Saturday night.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — With the Detroit Pistons mired in a six-game losing streak, Josh Smith couldn't believe his team could fall behind by 16 points in the first quarter.
NEW YORK (AP) — Joe Johnson scored 32 points, Shaun Livingston helped Brooklyn dominate the second overtime after LeBron James fouled out, and the Nets beat the Miami Heat 104-95 on Friday night for their fifth straight victory.
"I think that our effort level needs to be a little bit harder," Bynum said. "I think maybe we need to play with a sense of urgency. We are trying to make the playoffs."
"We played a tough team tonight, and they beat us," Bynum said. "We had the energy in spurts tonight, but we've got to have that for 48 minutes and we aren't doing that."