Going into tonight, the Wizards franchise had lost 198 consecutive road games when trailing by at least nine entering the fourth quarter. Tonight, the Wizards trailed by nine going into the fourth and came back to end that streak and beat the Pistons in Detroit, 106-99. The win puts the Wizards back at .500 for the year. The Wizards opened the fourth on an 11-0 run to take the lead just three minutes into the fourth. The Pistons would tie it up once but the Wizards would never give the Pistons the lead back. The key sequence was with just under a minute to go and the Wizards up by four. Marcin Gortat swatted a Josh Smith attempt at the hoop and then Wall hit a tough jumper at the shot clock buzzer to put the Wizards up six and basically seal the game.
The Pistons really controlled the game in the early going, particularly in the paint. The Pistons outscored the Wizards 50-32 in the paint but only outrebounded them 43-42 after having a big lead in that category in the early going. The Pistons did pull down 18 offensive boards which was what propelled them to the lead considering their inferior shooting. The Wizards shot 50% in the game, the Pistons 43.9%. John Wall once again led the Wizards with a big effort, scoring 29 points and dishing out seven assists. Wall now has scored over 20 in seven straight games. Trevor Ariza also had a big night, scoring 15 points, grabbing 11 boards and also getting six steals. The Wizards bench also got their seventh straight 30+ point night, outscoring the Pistons bench 35-12. - Jacob Raim
We are back in Motown for another #WizPistons battle. The last time we were here, it was opening night, it was October, and the World Series was wrapping up at Fenway.
What's happened since then? After dropping the opener, the Wizards are 13-13, including a home win over these Pistons on Saturday night at Verizon Center. It wasn't just a win, but the Wizards largest margin of victory all season as they blew out the Pistons, 106-82. The Wiz had a season-high 34 assists on their 43 made buckets, including 11 from John Wall. Speaking of Wall, he's now scored at least 20 points in six straight games. That is a first in his career. He's playing at an extremely high level, which is something head coach Randy Wittman has taken notice of:
The formula to beating the Pistons hasn't changed much from Saturday. These two teams know each other well now and the Wizards have to be careful that the Pistons don't try and jump out to a quick start after they were blown out Saturday night. It's sometimes hard to beat a team right after such a lopsided win, as naturally one one imagine that the Pistons show a lot more fight here tonight in front of their home fans. But, the Wizards have the bodies to match up with Detroit, as it was evident Saturday night. They outrebounded the Pistons, 46-38, and held Andre Drummond to just seven total rebounds (2 offensive). He leads the NBA with over five offensive rebounds per game.
Expect to see the same starting five tonight for the Wiz with Martell Webster and Nene providing the punch off the bench. Randy Wittman has liked using a 10-man rotation with most of his squad healthy, as Garrett Temple, Otto Porter, and either Kevin Seraphin or Jan Vesely joining Webster and Nene on the second unit.
It's cold outside, but if the Wizards can shoot the ball like they did on Saturday, it should warm up quickly inside The Palace of Auburn Hills.
We'll be live chatting at 7:30 tonight
. See you there.