Detroit sports glance: Pistons crushed by Washington Wizards

By Dave Hart
LocalSportsJournal.com

Wizards 124, Pistons 81 – The Washington Wizards led from start to finish against the Pistons on Monday night.

LSJ Logo incertThe Pistons 43-point defeat marks the largest since the 1994 season.

Detroit fell behind 34-15 after the first quarter, trailed 60-39 at halftime and had a 93-63 disadvantage after three quarters.

The Wizards were led by Nene with 20 points off the bench while Marcin Gortat added 16.Eye on the D

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope paced the Pistons with 18 points while Darrun Hilliard chip in with 10 off the bench.

The Pistons are now 34-33 on the season, good for an eighth place tie in the Eastern Conference with 15 games remaining.

Detroit will start a nine-game home stand starting Wednesday night against the Atlanta Hawks.

Record: 34-33

4th Place in Central Division (14 games behind Cleveland)

Tied for 8th Place in Eastern Conference (14 games behind Cleveland)

Tied with Chicago for the last playoff spot

Magic # to clinch a playoff berth: 17

Magic # to clinch Central Division title: 31

Magic # to clinch Eastern Conference title: 31

Misery # towards elimination from Central Division title: 3

Misery # towards elimination from playoff contention: 17

Next Game: 03/16/2016 vs. Atlanta Hawks 7:30 p.m. @ Palace of Auburn Hills

Stats: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope 18 points, Darrun Hilliard 10 points, Marcus Morris 9 points, Andre Drummond 12 rebounds.

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