Notebook: Pistons 100, Wizards 68



Posted Dec 21, 2012 11:19 PM

By Dana Gauruder, For NBA.com

THE FACTS: Rookie Andre Drummond established career highs with 14 rebounds and five blocks and added 11 points as the Detroit Pistons ended a six-game losing streak with a 100-68 win over the shorthanded Washington Wizards at The Palace of Auburn Hills Friday night. Greg Monroe and Brandon Knight had 15 points apiece for Detroit (8-21) in the first game of a home-and-home series between the clubs. The rematch will be played in Washington Saturday night. Jordan Crawford led the Wizards (3-21), who have lost six straight, with 20 points, seven rebounds and seven assists.

QUOTABLE: "He's done a great job of coming in and playing with a lot of energy, doing what the coaches ask him to do. He controlled the boards and he controlled the paint. He's only going to get better, but I'm not surprised with anything he's doing right now. He's doing his job."

-- Greg Monroe on Drummond

THE STAT: 9. The Wizards were down to nine players due to six injuries, with the latest losses being second-leading scorer and rebounding leader Nene (sore foot) and rookie guard Bradley Beal (sore back). Both could return for the rematch Saturday. The Wizards have gone all season without star guard John Wall (knee), and were also missing forwards Trevor Booker (knee) and Trevor Ariza (calf) and guard A.J. Price (hand). That left Washington with only two players averaging double figures, Crawford and forward Kevin Seraphin, and they scored a season low in points.

TURNING POINT: The Pistons took command with a 19-2 run spanning the first and second quarters, giving them a 21-point advantage. Knight and Charlie Villanueva each made 3-pointers during the run and Drummond took over early in the second with three consecutive inside baskets, all off feeds from Rodney Stuckey. The Wizards were limited to a Crawford layup during that span.

QUOTABLE II: "We play the same team in less than 24 hours, so we've just got to take what we did tonight and move forward into tomorrow's game. We don't want to let the win get us too excited because we have another one tomorrow."

-- Andre Drummond on playing a back-to-backs against the Wizards

HOT: Monroe was coming off a career-high 35-point outburst against Toronto Wednesday. He tied for the team high in points on this night while grabbing nine rebounds and making three assists. He sat out the fourth quarter of the blowout to rest up for Saturday's rematch.

NOT: The only available players on the Wizards bench didn't do much to support their starters. They combined for 11 points on 5-for-24 shooting while playing 75 minutes. Cartier Martin took 11 shots and made just two as the Wizards reserves were outscored 48-11 by Detroit's bench.

ROOKIE WATCH: Drummond's previous highs were 13 rebounds and three blocks. He came into the game leading all qualifying rookies in blocks and tied for first with Charlotte's Michael Kidd-Gilchrist in rebounding despite averaging 18.5 minutes. Pistons guard Kyle Singler added 10 points and five rebounds.

NOTABLE: The Pistons have won nine of their last 10 at home against the Wizards. ... The last time Detroit held an opponent under 70 points was an 85-69 victory over Miami on March 27, 2008. ... Stuckey took an elbow in the mouth from Washington's Seraphin with 10:03 remaining and did not return. Ukranian center Viacheslav Kravtsov made his NBA debut by replacing Stuckey as the free throw shooter. He played six minutes and scored three points. ... Pistons reserve forward Corey Maggette, their highest-paid player, was inactive. He recently lost his rotation spot to Austin Daye. ... The Wizards, who ranked last in scoring (89.7 ppg) and offensive field-goal percentage (40.7 percent) entering the game, shot 32.9 percent from the field. ... Washington coach Randy Wittman has started 12 of the 15 players on his roster.

UP NEXT: For the Wizards, Saturday vs. Detroit, Wednesday vs. Cleveland, Friday vs. Orlando. For the Pistons, Saturday @ Washington, Wednesday @ Atlanta, Friday vs. Miami.