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                    === Wall leads Wizards past Pistons ===
 
 Washington,  DC  (SportsNetwork.com) - John  Wall scored  20 points and had 11
 assists,  both game  highs, to lead the Washington Wizards to a 106-82 victory
 over the Detroit Pistons.
 
 Marcin  Gortat scored 16 and had seven rebounds, Bradley Beal and Trevor Ariza
 had  15 points  apiece with  Ariza adding  six assists  and five  rebounds for
 the Wizards, who have won four of their last five.
 
 "I  think we just  got to keep playing defense first," Wall said when asked of
 the  key to Detroit's recent success. "When we play defense first it makes our
 game a lot better."
 
 Greg  Monroe  finished with 14 points  and seven rebounds and Brandon Jennings
 added  13 points and  six assists for Detroit, which has lost four of its last
 five. Josh Harrellson and Will Bynum added 10 points apiece.
 
 Washington  jumped out to an early advantage with a 13-4 run through the first
 3:45  of the game.  With 3:46 remaining in the quarter, the Pistons scored six
 straight  in less than  a minute to make it 25-20. The Wizards led 31-23 after
 the first.
 
 The  teams  traded baskets for the  majority of the second quarter until there
 was 3:53 left in the half and the Wizards scored 14 unanswered. Beal put up 10
 of  those 14 points to close out the final four minutes of the first half. The
 Wizards led 62-41 at the break.
 
 "I  think that  was the difference," Pistons head coach Maurice Cheeks said of
 Washington's run. "We were standing there in that eight, nine point range, and
 then they hit those threes. We just couldn't recover."
 
 Detroit  began the  second half  with possession  and continued  the trend  of
 trading  buckets with  the  Wizards.  With 4:57  left  in  the third  quarter,
 however, Washington went on a 6-0 run to move its advantage to 85-57.
 
 The  final  12 minutes  was  nothing  more than  a  formality  as the  Wizards
 maintained  a  lead of  at least 21  points to close  out the contest. Detroit
 never led in the game.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Trevor  Booker scored  10 points and grabbed nine rebounds for the Wizards ...
 The teams finish the home-and-home set Monday at Detroit.
 
 12/29 00:50:25 ET