After 32 minutes of competitive back-and-forth play, the Wizards pulled away and never looked back. Led by John Wall’s 15 assists the Wizards cruised to a 98 to 77 victory in Auburn Hills, Michigan.
Continue to reading for the game’s “Bullets Points”
- The story line of this game was John Wall. He was held scoreless until the Wizards were able to pull away with a 12-0 run towards the end the third quarter.
- Wall got his first points to start that 12-0 run with an “And 1″ play at the rim.
- John Wall dominated after that. He tied a career-high with 15 assists and added 9 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 blocks, even with 7 turnovers.
- It was an up and down night for JaVale McGee. He struggled early defending Pistons’ center Greg Monroe in the post and he had four turnovers, but after his struggles, he and Trevor Booker switched on Monroe. He caught numerous lobs from John Wall as well, converting the alley-oops. At the end of the game, McGee ended up with a stat line of 22 points, 11 rebounds, and 2 blocks in his return home to Michigan.
- Trevor Booker continued his tough play. He had 9 points (4/9 shooting), 7 rebounds, and 2 blocks and he got physical on defense defending Greg Monroe. Even though Monroe had 27 points, the difference was noticeable when Booker was defending him as opposed to JaVale McGee.
- The much maligned rookie forward Jan Vesely came out and only had 2 fouls in his 28 minutes of play. He hustled, accounted for second chance points, played good pick-and-roll defense as usual, and finished in transition at the rim. Tonight was easily his best game of the season.
- Also making his return home, Jordan Crawford struggled. He shot 2 for 12 from the field with roughly twenty-five family and friends in attendance.
- Rashard Lewis made his return to the court tonight after missing the last three games. Even in garbage time he scored 10 points and made two 3-pointers, while posting a plus 22.
- In scoring 10 points, Rashard Lewis passed 15,000 career points.
- After averaging roughly 17 minutes per game over the last three games, Mo Evans only played 5 tonight. He struggled mightily early on.
- The game was tied at 45 at the half.
- The Pistons’ starting backcourt of Brandon Knight and Rodney Stuckey combined to shoot 3 of 18 from the field tonight.
- Kevin Seraphin didn’t see any time until late in garbage time, and he only played 3 minutes.
Next up for the Wizards is a 10 pm ET Valentine’s Day tilt in Portland.