Rodney Stuckey ignites Pistons offense in ripping Wizards

Cesar Tordesillas – 4E Sports Contributor

Washington DC, MD, United States (4E Sports) – Rodney Stuckey scored 20 and was instrumental in crucial plays to ignite the Detroit Pistons offense in beating the Washington Wizards 104-98 Saturday at Verizon Center.

Down 34-29 with 7:56 left in the second quarter, the Pistons had an 11-2 run with eight coming from Stuckey to take a 40-36 lead.

Stuckey later connected in a three-point play, added two free throws and hit a jumper with 2:23 left in the game to give the Pistons a 97-90 lead. Washington got no closer than three after that.

A designated go-to guy to start the fourth quarter, Stuckey helps the Pistons with late-game issues.

Point guard Brandon Jennings pointed out that Stuckey does a good job of easing some of the workload.

That is why the Pistons offense struggled when Stuckey was recently bothered by a sore right shoulder in an injury suffered Dec. 21 against the Hosuton Rockets.

Prior to injuring his shoulder, Stuckey scored in double figures in all but four of his first 22 games and was averaging 17 points in his last 16 games, a span during which the Pistons went 9-7. In the 13 games after the injury when Stuckey missed five and played poor and injured in the others, the Pistons went 5-8.

Josh Smith topscored for the Pistons with 22. Greg Monroe had 12 points and 10 rebounds, Andre Drummond added 10 points and 13 boards, Jennings had 14 points and eight assists and Kyle Singler added 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting off the bench.

The Pistons outrebounded the Wizards 44-35.

Wizards star point guard John Wall scored 34 points on 15 of 23 shooting and had six assists. Wall had Washington’s last 10 points, as he was the only Wizards player to score in the final 6 minutes.

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