Wizards score 45 in 3rd, beat Pistons 122-112
ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 20, 2018 11:42 AM
Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) reaches in on Detroit Pistons guard Avery Bradley (22) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
DETROIT (AP) — Bradley Beal and Kelly Oubre Jr. had 26 points each, and the Washington Wizards scored 45 points in the third quarter before holding on for a 122-112 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time).
The Pistons cut a 20-point second-half deficit to four in the fourth quarter, but John Wall made a big three-pointer to put the Wizards up 107-100. Oubre added a four-point play a few possessions later to push Washington's lead to nine.
Andre Drummond had 14 points, 21 rebounds and eight assists for the Pistons, who have lost four straight.
Both teams were struggling coming into the game. The Wizards lost by 24 at Charlotte on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time), and they fell behind by 15 in the first quarter at Detroit. It was tied at 46 at halftime, though.
Then Washington dominated the third quarter, shooting 16 of 20 from the field and 6 of 8 from 3-point range. Beal scored 13 points in the period and Wall, who was scoreless in the first half, added 10 in the third.
The Wizards led 91-74 after three before Detroit rallied, with substitutes Stanley Johnson, Luke Kennard and Anthony Tolliver helping lead the comeback.
Wall finished with 16 points and 11 assists.
Detroit forward Jon Leuer told the Detroit News earlier Friday (Saturday, PHL time) that he had decided to have season-ending ankle surgery.
"He's tried everything to get back," coach Stan Van Gundy said before the game. "Did not want to go to the route of anything season-ending, right up to the very last day earlier this week. He gave it everything he could to try to get back."
The 6'10" Leuer has played in only eight games this season.
Wizards: Beal scored at least 20 points for the 35th time this season. No guard in the Eastern Conference has done it more often.
Pistons: Drummond had 14 rebounds in the first half and played almost the entire second before fouling out.
Wizards: Visit the Dallas Mavericks on Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time).
Pistons: Host the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday (Monday, PHL time).