Both the Wizards and Pistons were coming off blowout losses before tonight’s game, and it was pretty clear from the start that the Wizards wanted to get back on the winning side more than Detroit. Washington’s starters set the tone right from the beginning and they were able to cruise to a 24 point victory over the struggling, yet talented Pistons. Here are the Bullet Points:
- The Wizards were dominated on the glass by the Timberwolves last night, but they didn’t repeat that woeful performance against the Pistons, who are one of the better rebounding teams in the NBA. Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond each grabbed 7 rebounds, while the Wizards went on to outrebound the Pistons by 8 boards. I was concerned that they wouldn’t be able to match Detroit’s energy, but Marcin Gortat and Trevor Booker really mixed it up in the paint. Otto Porter also chipped in with 8 rebounds off the bench.
- John Wall made it clear that he is the best point guard in the Eastern Conference tonight. Instead of settling for jump shots against Monroe and Drummond, he attacked the basket every chance he got and it eventually created shots for his teammates. He finished with 20 points and 11 assists on 8 for 14 shooting from the field. Once he got it going from attacking the basket, Wall knocked down multiple perimeter shots which makes him virtually unguardable. Even better, he played just 30 minutes tonight.
- Bradley Beal played despite having a bruised knee and he played as if he never got hurt. Beal scored 15 points in 20 minutes of action, including 3 of 4 three point shots. Beal looked fluid and even finished a few layups in transition. It’s great to see him not miss a step.
- Trevor Ariza wasn’t very good against the Timberwolves last night, but he bounced back with a 15 points, 5 rebounds, and 6 assists performance. Ariza has been very good for Washington this season and he continues to be one of their most consistent players, especially from 3-point range. He converted 4 of his 6 three point tries.
- Everyone who was available to play got a chance to play tonight.
- Jan Vesely fouled out in just 8 minutes, so yeah. Jan Vesely. Oh, and he also airballed a free throw.
All is good in Wizards land today.
Washington is obviously trying to make the postseason, and beating teams like the Detroit Pistons in convincing fashion is something that will solidify their playoff positioning. John Wall, Bradley Beal, and Marcin Gortat all looked terrific tonight despite their difficult matchups. Gortat, who’s been struggling lately, bounced back with 16 points against a very tough interior defender.
Detroit will look to avenge their embarrassing loss to the Wizards on Monday.