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Detroit Pistons still working through pre-season

Oct 23rd, 2013 - Sports News

(AP)— Greg Monroe scored 18 points and the Detroit Pistons beat the Washington Wizards 99-96 in a preseason game Tuesday night.

The Pistons led 65-43 after making seven 3-pointers in the first half but the Wizards gradually trimmed the lead and tied the game at 83 midway through the fourth quarter on Kevin Seraphin's turnaround jumper.

Kyle Singler and Chauncey Billups hit consecutive 3s as the Pistons took the lead for good. Washington's Glen Rice missed a 3-point heave as the buzzer sounded.

Bradley Beal had 17 points and Seraphin added 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Wizards, who lost their third straight preseason game.

The Pistons, who lost forward Charlie Villanueva at halftime to a sore back, got 14 points from Singler, 13 from Will Bynum and 13 rebounds from Andre Drummond.

If all goes according to plan, the Detroit Pistons could be one of the most fun teams to watch in the NBA this season, and that would be quite a departure from the last few dreary years.

But there's a lot of pressure on this group too. After four straight seasons without a playoff berth, this proud franchise needs a boost from a number of new faces.

Josh Smith signed with Detroit as a free agent, and the Pistons also brought popular guard Chauncey Billups back after he spent the last five years elsewhere. Detroit also traded for a new point guard, acquiring Brandon Jennings from Milwaukee.

Detroit Pistons forward Charlie Villanueva left Tuesday night's preseason game against the Washington Wizards with a sore back. The team said he would not return.

Villanueva, beginning his eighth NBA season, did not score in 3 minutes in the first half.

He averaged 6.8 points and 3.5 rebounds in 69 games last season.

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