The Detroit Pistons have played poorly against the dregs of the Eastern Conference.
The Washington Wizards, one of the Pistons’ tormentors, were too undermanned Thursday night for it to matter.
The Pistons (12-20) easily snapped a five-game losing streak with a 132-102 victory at Little Caesars.
Eight Pistons scored in double figures against the Wizards, who were missing six regulars and lost star guard Bradley Beal in the second half.
The Pistons didn’t have any sympathy, considering their injury woes this season. The team announced earlier Thursday that guard Luke Kennard would miss two weeks because of lingering issues with tendinitis in both knees.
Christian Wood led the Pistons with 22 points and seven rebounds, with Tim Frazier adding 17 points and six assists.
Bruce Brown returned to the lineup after missing one game with a sore calf, and finished with 12 points. Frazier remained in the starting lineup at point guard with Brown coming off the bench.
“Had a lot of energy coming off the bench, it gave us a spark off the bench,” Brown said. “It’s good to be back.”
Andre Drummond scored 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, and Blake Griffin had 14 points and 11 rebounds. Griffin was 0-for-6 from 3-point range, but the Pistons had a good shooting night from behind the arc, going 19-for-48 (39.6%). The 48 attempts tied a franchise high.
The Pistons had 32 assists on 46 made field goals.
Pistons’ two-way contract player Louis King scored the first basket of his career late in the blowout.
Beal scored 15 points for the Wizards (9-21).
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The Pistons took a 68-48 lead at halftime behind balanced scoring. Pistons coach Dwane Casey played 10 players, and each scored.
Drummond led the way with 12 points as the Pistons were 8-for-22 from 3-point range in the half.
The lead would have been greater if the Pistons were able to control the defensive glass.
The Wizards grabbed nine offensive rebounds in the first quarter, which led to seven second-chance points.
The Wizards weren’t good enough to take advantage, as the Pistons led 31-23 after one quarter.
The Pistons dropped two earlier games this season to the Wizards, and are a combined 0-6 against the Charlotte Hornets and Chicago Bulls.
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Long trip ahead
The Pistons begin a six-game, 12-night trip Saturday night at San Antonio, the longest of the season.
After the Spurs game, the Pistons visit Utah, the L.A. Clippers, Golden State, the L.A. Lakers and Cleveland.
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Published at Fri, 27 Dec 2019 03:55:31 +0000