Prior to the the road win for the Wizards on Saturday, the Wizards had not beaten the Detroit Pistons since December 30, 2013. However, the losing streak ended as the Wizards defeated Detroit by a close score of 97-95.
The first half was deemed a game of runs as the Pistons used an 8-0 run to get things started. The Wizards quickly responded with an 11-0 run of their own, extending the lead to 14 forcing Coach Stan Van Gundy to return his starters to the game. The Pistons starters cut down the lead which tied the game at 52 going into the second half.
The return of Bradley Beal added depth to the Wizards lineup; however, the Wizards bench was the key factor for the road win. The Wizards were victorious without double figure scoring performances from both Bradley Beal and John Wall for the first time. Nene led the Wizards with 18 points, followed by Otto Porter Jr. with 17, and Ramon Sessions with 14.
The key factor that gave the Wizards the winning edge was their “blue collar” work they put in on the defensive end.
The Wizards outrebounded the Pistons and used a tired Detroit lineup to their advantage by scoring quickly in transition. Washington also held double-double machine Andre Drummond to only eight points, including a last second stop on the inbound play where Drummond was not able to get the ball. That ended his league leading streak of double-doubles at 12.
Up Next: Washington hosts the Indiana Pacers in Washington on Tuesday. November 24.