Morris, Satoransky lead Wizards to 109-91 rout of Piston
ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 02, 2017 11:32 AM
FILE - PHILADELPHIA, PA - FEBRUARY 24: Markieff Morris #5 of the Washington Wizards goes for the dunk during the game against the Philadelphia 76ers on February 24, 2017 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
By Ian Quillen, Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — Markieff Morris shook off his recent struggles to score 23 points, Tomas Satoransky added a career-high 17 points off the bench, and Washington Wizards beat the Detroit Pistons 109-91 on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time) for their first home win in nearly three weeks.
Otto Porter Jr. added 17 points, and Marcin Gortat had 12 points and 12 rebounds for Washington, which improved to 2-2 without All-Star point guard John Wall since he received injections in his swollen left knee.
The Wizards outscored Detroit 35-15 in the third quarter, the Pistons’ lowest-scoring period of the season, to secure their first home victory since Nov. 13 (Nov. 14, PHL time).
Andre Drummond had 14 points, 17 rebounds and seven assists for the Pistons, who were still out-rebounded 49-32.
Tobias Harris scored 15 points for Detroit, which had its three-game winning streak snapped. The Pistons led by as many as seven points in the second quarter.
Morris had scored 18 points combined in his last three games, which prompted a one-on-one film session with Washington coach Scott Brooks before the game.The power forward responded with 14 points in the second half, which Washington began on a 17-0 run to open a 63-52 lead.
The Wizards held the Pistons without a field goal for more than six minutes to start the third quarter and forced four turnovers before Detroit scored its first points after halftime.
The Pistons got no closer than eight points the rest of the way.
Wizards guard Bradley Beal began the game wearing protective goggles after taking an elbow to the face in Washington’s loss at Philadelphia on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time), but he got rid of them by the second quarter. He scored 10 points.
Despite posting impressive numbers himself, Drummond suggested his team was unprepared for the Wizards’ rebounding approach.
“We are not used to having an entire team crash the offensive glass,” he said. “We didn’t do a good job of adjusting to that throughout the game.”
SATO SEALS IT
Satoransky is getting more minutes with Wall out and scored 11 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter. He finished 5-of-6 from the floor and 5-of-5 from the foul line, leading a bench that outscored Detroit’s 41-32.
“We’re playing good as a second unit and I think that’s something that gives you the confidence when you’re playing the point guard position,” he said. “Just trying to let the game come to me.”
The Pistons registered 20 assists, matching or surpassing 20 for the 15th consecutive game. ... Drummond received a technical foul in the third quarter. ... Drummond has 15 double-doubles in Detroit’s 21 games. ... The Wizards announced that their NBA G League team will be named Capital City Go-Go, a reference to a style of music native to the city. The team will play at the Wizards’ new, yet-to-be-opened practice facility starting next season. ... Gortat’s double-double was his seventh of the season.
Pistons: Visit Philadelphia Saturday (Sunday, PHL time) in the second of four straight road games.
Wizards: Begin a five-game trip at Utah on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time).