Third-quarter run helps Pistons to 121-112 win over Wizards

ABS-CBN Sports on Feb 12, 2019 10:50 AM
Third-quarter run helps Pistons to 121-112 win over Wizards
Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin shoots during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

By Noah Trister, Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) — Andre Drummond had 32 points and 17 rebounds, and the Detroit Pistons extended their winning streak to four with a 121-112 victory over the Washington Wizards on Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time).

Blake Griffin had 20 of his 31 points in the first half for the Pistons, who haven't lost since blowing a 25-point lead in a home defeat against the Los Angeles Clippers on Feb. 2 (Feb. 3, PHL time). Detroit began Monday (Tuesday, PHL time) tied with Miami for the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

The Wizards, who are without injured John Wall and Dwight Howard, traded Otto Porter Jr. away last week. Nevertheless, they came into the game on a two-game winning streak before falling short against Detroit.

The Pistons led by 10 in the first quarter. They were up 61-59 at halftime before pushing the lead back into double digits in the third. Detroit went on a 13-2 run and took an 81-71 advantage on a three-pointer by newly acquired center Thon Maker.

Bradley Beal had 32 points and 10 assists for the Wizards.

TIP-INS

Wizards: Bobby Portis had 24 points and Trevor Ariza scored 23. ... Jeff Green, who has been dealing with left hip tightness, played 28:04 and scored four points.

Pistons: Reggie Jackson had 16 points, six assists and seven turnovers. He went 4-of-4 from three-point range. ... Detroit was 15-of-36 from beyond the arc. ... Luke Kennard went 4-of-6 from three and had 15 points.

DEBUT

Wayne Ellington played for the first time since signing with Detroit. He missed his first six shots from the field — all from three-point range — and finished with two points.

UP NEXT

Wizards: At Toronto on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time).

Pistons: At Boston on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time).

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