Pistons-Wizards: Washington Fall to Herrmann, Detroit
On Saturday night, the Washington Wizards (0-1) walked into the Palace at Auburn Hills to face the Detroit Pistons (1-0).
Another game and another loss for the Wizards to begin the season.
The Pistons were victorious, 117-109, after unheralded benchwarmer Walter Herrmann lifted them to their second straight victory to start the season, with 16 points, seven rebounds, and three crucial three-pointers to win the game for the Pistons.
The game started straight out of the gate with an early run by the Pistons. At one point, their lead was 17, as they looked to be on their way to an easy consecutive victory.
However, at 6:50 left in the second quarter, with the Pistons up 47-30, the Wizards sparked a furious rally, taking the lead at the half 52-51.
Sadly, the Pistons got off to a quick start in the second half and kept the lead the rest of the way.
Caron Butler bounced back from a disappointing 13-point performance opening night against the Nets with a solid game, amassing 21 points on 50 percent shooting while pulling down six rebounds along the way.
Antawn Jamison led the team in both points and rebounds, with 24 points and eight rebounds, but other starters weren't up to snuff.
DeShawn Stevenson missed both of his three-point attempts and ended up with eight points. Etan Thomas, who has had restricted time, played 18 minutes and scored five points, grabbing only two rebounds with one blocked shot. Antonio Daniels had a decent game, dishing out five assists while scoring seven points.
The bench, however, performed extremely well during the game and sparked the aforementioned first half rally.
Nick Young was the star of the game for the Wizards. He couldn't seem to do any wrong with 23 points on 6-for-10 shooting and a perfect 11-for-11 from the foul line.
Andray Blatche only saw the floor for four minutes, and Darius Songaila scored eight points. Juan Dixon, playing at his former home court, scored nine points on four of five shooting.
On the Pistons' side, reserve Walter Herrmann made the difference in the end, with 16 points and a performance that left the Detroit crowd chanting his name.
Two former Wizards had good games for the Pistons, as Rasheed Wallace had a double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds and Richard Hamilton scored 24 points.
Yet another former Wizard, former first-overall draft pick Kwame Brown, scored eight points on perfect 4-for-4 shooting.
Although the Wizards did admirable jobs on Chauncey Billups and Tayshaun Prince, role players such as Jason Maxiell, Rodney Stuckey, and Herrmann made up the difference, combining for 38 points between the three of them.
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