The Detroit Pistons big men dominated an undersized and overmatched Washington Wizards team in a 121-112 victory - Detroit’s fourth consecutive win.
The victory put Detroit a half game behind the Charlotte Hornets for the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference.
Andre Drummond continued his dominating play of late, scoring 32 points, one away from his career high on 12-of-19 from the floor. He added 17 rebounds and four steals. Fellow big man Blake Griffin socred all over the floor on his way to 31 points to go with nine assits and nine rebounds.
Reggie Jackson had 16 points and six assists, but coughed up seven turnovers. Luke Kennard had 15 points, including four 3-pointers.
The newest Piston Wayne Ellington struggled from the floor missing all seven of his 3-point attempts and scoring just two points. Thon Maker had a bigger impact on the floor canning a 3 and contributing a sick block that had the (small) crowd buzzing.
STATEMENT. MAKER. #PistonsNow— Detroit Pistons (@DetroitPistons) February 12, 2019
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Maker also got headbutted in the game and either that headbutt or that block caused him to receive five stitches in his lip and jarred a few teeth out.
Wanna know how I got these scars? pic.twitter.com/1VjRaAftcI— Detroit Bad Boys ☠ (@detroitbadboys) February 12, 2019
The only reason that the game was as close as it was is because the Wizards ran at every opportunity and they had some hot shooters from the perimeter.
Bobby Portis had 24 points including six 3-pointers while Trevor Ariza had 23 and three treys. Bradley Beal did his usual nasty work with 32 points and 10 assists to lead the Wizards.
The Pistons will run their four-game winning streak to Boston on Wednesday for their final game before the All-Star break. The Celtics will be on the second half of a back-to-back and might be without Kyrie Irving who is dealing with some knee soreness.