–Former University of Connecticut players Richard Hamilton, Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva chartered a plane from Washington, D.C. to Houston Monday to attend the Huskies’ NCAA national championship victory over Butler. They were invited onto the court for the postgame celebration and returned Tuesday morning. Hamilton led Connecticut to its first title in 1999 while Gordon and Villanueva played on the 2004 championship squad.

“When I got to the arena, I started having flashbacks from 2004,” Villanueva said. “It was an unbelievable feeling. I was nervous, too. My palms were sweating and it seemed like I was going to go out there and play the game. It was a good experience and I’m happy those guys won.”

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–Detroit has lost 11 consecutive road games. Its last road victory was Feb. 9 at Cleveland. The longest road losing streak in franchise history is 19, set during the 1980-81 season.

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“I thought it was good right when it left my hand. I was standing and waiting for it to go in. I couldn’t believe it when I saw it pop out.” — Forward Austin Daye, who missed a potential game-winning 3-pointer in the final second against Washington Tuesday.

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