Game Recap: Wizards 85 - Pistons 96
The Wizards were hoping to go into the All-Star break on a five game win streak, but unfortunately had their streak halted at four as they fell, 96-85, to the Pistons on Wednesday night in Detroit.
The Wizards and Pistons went back and forth for most of the first quarter, as neither team had a lead larger than three points for the entire frame.
The Wizards would open the second quarter hitting their first seven shots, but could not open up a lead larger than four points as the Pistons answered the bell on their home floor. The Wizards did bring a one point lead into the half, 45-44, as Emeka Okafor and Bradley Beal combined for nearly half of the Wizards first half points (22).
The Wizards held that lead for much of the third quarter and entered the fourth with a three point lead and their fifth straight win within reach. However, after a few early Trevor Ariza free throws, the Wizards would not score for nearly five minutes of play and the Pistons would go on an 11-0 run to open up a 76-70 lead. The Wizards would fight back with a 6-0 run of their own to tie the score at 76, but from there it was all Pistons as they would take command in the final five minutes of action, closing on a 20-9 run and go on to win 96-85.
Emeka Okafor led the Wizards with 20 points and nine rebounds in just 25 minutes of play. He did not play in the fourth quarter. John Wall added 16 points and nine assists, while Bradley Beal, Trevor Ariza, and Nene all ended with 10.
For the Pistons, Jose Calderon led them with 24 points, Will Bynum added 20, while Greg Monroe finished with 16 points and 18 rebounds.
The Wizards shot 49% as a team, while holding the Pistons to just 44%, but were outrebounded 48-32.
The Wizards now enter the All-Star break and will have five days off before retuning to action on Tuesday night vs. the Raptors.
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