The Detroit Pistons lose to the Washington Wizards 122-112. The Pistons will go to .500 at 22-22, and the Wizards will move to 26-20.
Andre Drummond was on another triple-double watch tonight, though it was in a losing effort. Drummond ended the game with 14 points, 21 rebounds, 8 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks. Tobias Harris had 11 points in the first quarter, but struggled the rest of the game. Harris finished with 17 points on 7-19 shooting and 1-7 from beyond the arc. The Pistons were down 15 at the beginning of the fourth quarter, but Stanley Johnson (who hadn’t played at all before then) brought a spark on defense with 2 steals leading to 4 points, and made a three from the corner. One would think why Johnson hadn’t played earlier.
Kelly Oubre Jr led the Wizards with a career high 26 points off the bench. Bradley Beal played 40 minutes and scored 26 points on 7-12 shooting, 4-7 from three, and made 8 of his 9 free throws. After a bad first half, John Wall had a terrific second half with 16 points. The Wizards were down 15 in the first quarter, but busted the game open in the third quarter after outscoring the Pistons 45-28.
The Pistons looked good early, but offense was hard to come by after the first quarter. As mentioned earlier, one should wonder why Johnson did not play earlier. Johnson got the crowd into the game, and immediately shifted the game into the Pistons favor when he came in.
Drummond had a monster game, and was a +3 in his time on the court. That may seem like nothing, but when you realize he played a team high 43 minutes it shows how bad the Pistons struggle when he’s not on the floor.
The Pistons will play the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday at 4:00 PM. The Wizards head to Dallas to play the Mavericks on Monday at 8:30 PM.
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