=== Wall leads Wizards past Pistons ===
Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) - John Wall scored 20 points and had 11
assists, both game highs, to lead the Washington Wizards to a 106-82 victory
over the Detroit Pistons.
Marcin Gortat scored 16 and had seven rebounds, Bradley Beal and Trevor Ariza
had 15 points apiece with Ariza adding six assists and five rebounds for
the Wizards, who have won four of their last five.
"I think we just got to keep playing defense first," Wall said when asked of
the key to Detroit's recent success. "When we play defense first it makes our
game a lot better."
Greg Monroe finished with 14 points and seven rebounds and Brandon Jennings
added 13 points and six assists for Detroit, which has lost four of its last
five. Josh Harrellson and Will Bynum added 10 points apiece.
Washington jumped out to an early advantage with a 13-4 run through the first
3:45 of the game. With 3:46 remaining in the quarter, the Pistons scored six
straight in less than a minute to make it 25-20. The Wizards led 31-23 after
The teams traded baskets for the majority of the second quarter until there
was 3:53 left in the half and the Wizards scored 14 unanswered. Beal put up 10
of those 14 points to close out the final four minutes of the first half. The
Wizards led 62-41 at the break.
"I think that was the difference," Pistons head coach Maurice Cheeks said of
Washington's run. "We were standing there in that eight, nine point range, and
then they hit those threes. We just couldn't recover."
Detroit began the second half with possession and continued the trend of
trading buckets with the Wizards. With 4:57 left in the third quarter,
however, Washington went on a 6-0 run to move its advantage to 85-57.
The final 12 minutes was nothing more than a formality as the Wizards
maintained a lead of at least 21 points to close out the contest. Detroit
never led in the game.
Trevor Booker scored 10 points and grabbed nine rebounds for the Wizards ...
The teams finish the home-and-home set Monday at Detroit.
12/29 00:50:25 ET