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NBA: Detroit 96, Washington 87

Dec. 22, 2012 at 10:21 PM

WASHINGTON, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- Charlie Villanueva and Rodney Stuckey combined for 37 points Saturday and the Detroit Pistons kept Washington on the skids, 96-87.

Villanueva scored 19 points, while Stuckey contributed 18 with eight assists for the Pistons, who used a tough defense to hold the Wizards to just 37.7 percent from the field.

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Greg Monroe (13 points, eight rebounds), Jason Maxiell (12 points) and Brandon Knight (10) also reached double figures for Detroit, which improved to 9-21 on the season.

Washington, meanwhile, dropped its seventh straight and fell to a league-worst 3-22.

Jordan Crawford tallied 21 points for the Wizards.

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