Bynum leads Pistons past Wizards 96-85

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 13, 2013 at 10:28 pm •  Published: February 13, 2013
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AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — It hasn't been much of a season for the Detroit Pistons.

They lost their first eight games, their most exciting player -- Andre Drummond -- is sidelined with a back injury and they are limping into the All-Star break playing in front of sparse crowds at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

At least they'll go into the long weekend with something positive.

Will Bynum and Jose Calderon combined for 18 points in the fourth quarter, and the Pistons beat the Washington Wizards 96-85 Wednesday night.

"Jose is the type of point guard who knows that when the time is right to pass up some open shots in order to keep the ball moving, and when the time is right to try to knock those shots down," Pistons coach Lawrence Frank said. "Because of that, and because he's such a good shooter, I can play him in the backcourt with a lot of different guys. Tonight, things were working with he and Will, but on other nights, I'll have him out there with Brandon (Knight) or Rodney (Stuckey)."

Wednesday was only Calderon's seventh game with the Pistons, but Bynum said that his outstanding passing and 45-percent 3-point shooting has made him a perfect fit for Detroit's backcourt.

"I think there's chemistry now that we've played a couple games together," said Bynum, who scored 20 points. "We cause match-up problems for just about whatever team we are going to play, and it is going to continue to get better the more we play together. I'm loving this."

Calderon was acquired for Tayshaun Prince and Austin Daye in a three-way trade, giving the Pistons another player who is primarily a point guard, like Bynum.

"I was never concerned about competition from Jose or anything like that," Bynum said. "It's all about getting the team wins. We were great in the fourth quarter, because we played pretty good defense and we made the right reads on offense."

With the game tied at 76, Bynum scored six straight points to give Detroit a 82-76 lead with 3:23 to play. Calderon made it nine points with a 3-pointer, and the margin was 11 before John Wall broke Detroit's surge.

"We didn't have an answer for Calderon or Bynum, especially in the fourth quarter," Washington coach Randy Wittman said. "They kind of did whatever they wanted to do, and that's disappointing, because this was a game going into the fourth quarter, and we've been winning games like this."

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