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Brown having 'fun' with winning Pistons

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- With two tough games coming up, the
Detroit Pistons wanted an easy night and their 11th straight win.

The Washington Wizards were the perfect opponent.

Detroit led by as many as 30 points and rested the starting five
in a 98-77 rout of the hapless Wizards on Friday night.

"It's fun to be able to distribute minutes like that when you
are in the middle of a tough stretch like this," Pistons coach
Larry Brown said. "Coaches are always concerned about games like
this -- the ones you are supposed to win -- but we did a lot of good
things tonight."

The Pistons, who have won 11 straight for the first time since
the 1990-91 season, can match the franchise record of 13 in a row
with victories in Milwaukee on Saturday and at home against San
Antonio on Monday.

"We came out and took care of business tonight -- that's what
good teams do," said Chauncey Billups, who finished with 12 points
and 10 assists. "It was nice to watch the end from the bench and
get some rest before tomorrow."

Richard Hamilton led the Pistons with 17 points. Tayshaun Prince
added 16, and Mehmet Okur had 13 points and nine rebounds.

The Wizards have lost 10 straight on the road and five in a row
to Detroit.

"Detroit can take their game to another level, and that's
somewhere we can't really go talent-wise," Washington coach Eddie
Jordan said. "But we certainly took a step backward tonight in the
effort department, the discipline department and the composure
department."

Juan Dixon, who didn't score in the first three quarters, led
Washington with 14 points. Kwame Brown added 13.

Washington led early, but the Pistons reserves took control of
the game with a 13-0 run early in the second quarter. Chucky Atkins
had five points during the surge, which gave Detroit a 31-23 lead,
and Corliss Williamson added four.

"Our job is to come off the bench and play as hard as we can --
it doesn't matter if we get the whole second quarter or only five
minutes," Atkins said. "We've been doing that all season -- this
was nothing new."

Detroit led 49-35 at halftime, outshooting the Wizards 45.5
percent to 34.2 percent. Hamilton scored 12, and Prince added 10.

The Pistons quickly moved the margin out of reach in the third
quarter.

"We just didn't play defense," Washington's Larry Hughes said.
"It's very tough for this team right now. Everybody is playing
different positions and we can't even run our plays right."

Darko Milicic, the No. 2 overall pick in last year's draft,
entered for Detroit with 8:55 left and finished with three rebounds
and an assist in nine scoreless minutes.

Game notes
The Wizards signed F Torraye Braggs to a 10-day contract.
Braggs, who played 11 games for Houston earlier this season, was
playing for Yakima in the CBA. ... Washington F Christian Laettner
sat out the third game of his five-game suspension for a
substance-abuse violation. ... The Pistons had their 13-game
winning streak during the 1989-90 championship season. They also
had a 12-game streak that season.

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