The Pistons faced the Washington Wizards in D.C. tonight. The Wizards were without All-Star John Wall.
The two teams were evenly matched for most of the first half. Neither team could build more than a single possession lead in the 1st quarter. The Wizards started pulling ahead early in the 2nd quarter, but a 16-2 Pistons run turned a 7 point deficit into a 7 point lead. The Pistons led by 6 going into the half.
Everything that could go wrong did in the third quarter. The Pistons were outscored 35-15 as the Wizards pulled away and were able to maintain a double digit lead. Dominance on the boards by Washington was the story tonight, as the Wizards outrebounded the Pistons 49-32 and 16-4 on the offensive glass. Midway through the 4th quarter, Stan Van Gundy emptied his bench and conceded the game. For the second straight night Boban Marjanovic was able to get minutes.
Andre Drummond led the Pistons with 14 points, 17 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 blocks. Tobias Harris had 15 points and 2 rebounds. Avery Bradley added 13 points and 4 steals. Luke Kennard’s 10 points led the scoring off the bench. Washington was led by Markieff Morris’ 23 points and 7 rebounds. Otto Porter Jr. had 17 points, 6 assists, 2 rebounds and 2 steals. Tomas Satoransky had 17 points off the Wizards bench.
Notes: The Pistons fell to 14-7 on the season, and 6-5 on the road. Detroit continues the road trip tomorrow night in Philadelphia.