WASHINGTON - -Antawn Jamison's much anticipated return was put on hold, with an illness keeping him home sick while the Washington Wizards hosted the Detroit Pistons on Saturday. But the Wizards were able to welcome new arrival Earl Boykins and welcome back Mike Miller after he missed the past three games with a sprained left shoulder.
But no matter what the Wizards added, they were unable to be reunited with a victory, as they lost their sixth consecutive game, 106-103, before the second sellout crowd of the season at Verizon Center. Making his Wizards debut, Boykins led the Wizards with 20 points off the bench. Miller scored a season-high 20 points and Gilbert Arenas had 19 points with a season-high 10 assists, but Wizards coach Flip Saunders lost his first game against his former team.
The Wizards led 96-92 when Arenas made one of two free throws with 3:30 remaining, but the Pistons scored the next four points to tie the score. Ben Gordon (game-high 29 points) scored the next eight points for the Pistons. He put them ahead 98-96 with a driving layup, then made a free throw after Arenas drove and lost the ball off Pistons guard Rodney Stuckey's elbow.
The Wizards (2-7) hadn't topped 90 points since scoring a season-high 123 points against New Jersey on Oct. 31.
Boykins played last season in Italy but wanted to return to the NBA. He signed Wednesday, came off the bench and immediately provided a boost to a stagnant offense. He had 11 points in his first six minutes, going on a personal 7-2 run to bring the Wizards within 38-31.