- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 12, 2006

Last night at Verizon Center

SEEN AND HEARD

It’s a sad but true fact: As much as some Washingtonians would like to think that this is a hard-core sports town, the too-friendly reception the Detroit Pistons received proved just the opposite.

When former Wizard Rasheed Wallace touched the ball or launched a 3, a large segment of the crowd chimed in with “‘Sheeeeeed!” echoed to the rafters. Former Wizards first-round pick Richard Hamilton drove to the basket, and half the crowd was cheering as if he were still a member of the Wizards.

The Wizards, in line for a second straight playoff appearance, probably deserve better than that.

BY THE NUMBERS

123-pointers made by the Wizards. It was the most they have made this season.

KEY TO THE GAME

The Wizards made 55.4 percent of their field goals (41-for-74) against the Pistons’ stingy defense.

— John N. Mitchell

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