By Dave Hart
Wizards 124, Pistons 81 – The Washington Wizards led from start to finish against the Pistons on Monday night.
Detroit fell behind 34-15 after the first quarter, trailed 60-39 at halftime and had a 93-63 disadvantage after three quarters.
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.
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.