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Monday, December 30th (All times Eastern)

Washington Wizards (13-14) at Detroit Pistons (14-18), 7:30 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - Coming off their largest victory of the season, the Washington Wizards will shoot for a home-and-home sweep of the Detroit Pistons Monday on the road at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

The Wizards took the opener of this set, 106-82, on Saturday behind a balanced effort that saw all five starters record 10 or more points. John Wall led the way with 20 points and handed out 11 assists, while Marcin Gortat ended with 16 points and both Trevor Ariza and Bradley Beal scored 15.

Washington shot 50 percent for the game and scored 25 points off 23 Detroit turnovers.

"I think we just got to keep playing defense first," said Wall, who has scored 20-plus points in a career-high six straight games. "When we play defense first it makes our game a lot better."

Wall is posting an average of 21.0 points, 9.3 assists and 3.7 rebounds in his past 10 contests. Ariza is averaging 15.8 points and 5.7 boards in that time for the Wizards, who posted a season-best 34 assists and have won four of their last five games.

After visiting The Palace, Washington, which is 6-9 on the road, will play three in a row in D.C. versus Dallas, Toronto and Golden State.

The Pistons have lost two in a row and four of five games, and went 1-2 on a recent road trip. In the road loss against the Wizards, Greg Monroe led the charge with 14 points and Brandon Jennings added 13.

Will Bynum and Josh Harrellson ended with 10 points apiece off the bench for Detroit, which made 40.3 percent from the field and was outrebounded by a 46-38 difference. A 14-0 run by the Wizards put the game away and Detroit trailed, 62-41, at halftime.

"I think that was the difference," Pistons head coach Maurice Cheeks said of Washington's run. "We were standing there in that eight, nine point range, and then they hit those threes. We just couldn't recover."

Josh Smith netted four points in defeat and has scored a total of nine points in the last two games after posting 25 on Dec. 23 at Cleveland. Andre Drummond was limited to four points against Washington, but still leads the Eastern Conference with 22 double-doubles and ranks first in the NBA in offensive rebounding (5.2).

In injury news for the Pistons, guard Rodney Stuckey is questionable versus the Wizards with a sore shoulder.

Detroit has lost three in a row at The Palace and is 6-10 in front of the home crowd. It will also host Memphis on this quick homestand before embarking on another three-game trek to New York, Toronto and Philadelphia.

The Pistons had won seven in a row and 15 of the previous 17 meetings with Washington until Saturday's loss. Washington has lost four straight, 11 of 12 and 21 of its last 26 games as the guest in this series.

12/30 11:01:19 ET

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2013 - 2014 Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 34 .585 --- 26-15 22-19 32-20 L 1
x-Brooklyn 44 38 .537 4 28-13 16-25 26-26 L 2
New York 37 45 .451 11 19-22 18-23 26-26 W 4
Boston 25 57 .305 23 16-25 9-32 21-31 L 2
Philadelphia 19 63 .232 29 10-31 9-32 14-38 W 2
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 56 26 .683 --- 35-6 21-20 38-14 W 2
x-Chicago 48 34 .585 8 27-14 21-20 35-17 L 1
Cleveland 33 49 .402 23 19-22 14-27 21-31 W 1
Detroit 29 53 .354 27 17-24 12-29 23-29 L 4
Milwaukee 15 67 .183 41 10-31 5-36 12-40 L 3
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 28 .659 --- 32-9 22-19 34-18 L 3
x-Washington 44 38 .537 10 22-19 22-19 33-19 W 4
x-Charlotte 43 39 .524 11 25-16 18-23 30-22 W 3
x-Atlanta 38 44 .463 16 24-17 14-27 28-24 W 1
Orlando 23 59 .280 31 19-22 4-37 17-35 L 4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
2013 - 2014 Western Conference Standings
 
Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 59 23 .720 --- 34-7 25-16 36-16 W 1
x-Portland 54 28 .659 5 31-10 23-18 31-21 W 5
Minnesota 40 42 .488 19 24-17 16-25 23-29 L 3
Denver 36 46 .439 23 22-19 14-27 20-32 L 2
Utah 25 57 .305 34 16-25 9-32 13-39 W 1
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 25 .695 --- 34-7 23-18 36-16 L 1
x-Golden State 51 31 .622 6 27-14 24-17 31-21 W 2
Phoenix 48 34 .585 9 26-15 22-19 28-24 W 1
Sacramento 28 54 .341 29 17-24 11-30 15-37 L 1
LA Lakers 27 55 .329 30 14-27 13-28 15-37 W 2
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 20 .756 --- 32-9 30-11 38-14 L 2
x-Houston 54 28 .659 8 33-8 21-20 31-21 L 1
x-Memphis 50 32 .610 12 27-14 23-18 29-23 W 5
x-Dallas 49 33 .598 13 26-15 23-18 29-23 L 1
New Orleans 34 48 .415 28 22-19 12-29 15-37 W 2
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
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