Marcin Gortat now has a sore left thumb on his non-shooting hand, but it was worth it. He challenged Josh Smith at the rim -- and won.
The Wizards were expecting to take the Detroit Pistons' best shot Monday night, and they did.
The Wizards (13-14) not only have a chance to get the upper hand in the series with an Eastern Conference foe they are competing with for a playoff spot, but could go into 2014 with a .500 record.
As the Detroit Pistons took a beating at Verizon Center, coach Maurice Cheeks made a curious decision to start the second half down 62-41.