10/20 22:24 CDT Wall, Porter help Wizards earn 115-111 win over Pistons
Wall, Porter help Wizards earn 115-111 win over Pistons
By IAN QUILLEN
John Wall scored 19 of his 26 points in the second half and added 10 assists to
lift the Washington Wizards over the Detroit Pistons 115-111. Otto Porter led
the Wizards with 28 points, and Bradley Beal added 25. Washington won despite
blowing a 15-point fourth-quarter lead.WASHINGTON (AP) --- Frustrated with
their defensive effort for much of Friday night, the Washington Wizards made
the key stops late.
Otto Porter had a crucial strip of Avery Bradley, John Wall blocked Reggie
Jackson's potential tying runner, and the Wizards emerged with a 115-111
victory over the Detroit Pistons.
"We showed glimpses of when we were good, but if we don't pick up defensively
on the road, we won't win any games," Wall said. "We got to figure out a way to
get back to playing defense consistently."
Wall scored 19 of his 26 points in the second half and contributed 10 assists
as the Wizards won despite giving back a 15-point fourth-quarter lead.
Porter scored 20 of his 28 points in the first half to keep his team alive
after it allowed 65 points before the break.
"We can't come out and get down 10, 11 points the way we did and have to fight
and claw back," said Washington's Bradley Beal, who added 25 points. "But it is
a good sign that we're able to turn it around when coach jumps on our butt a
Jackson scored 21 points for Detroit, which gave back its own 12-point lead
across the second and third quarters.
Bradley added 18 as part of seven Pistons in double figures on a night both
teams shot above 49 percent from the floor. The Pistons lost the turnover
battle 18-15, and shot only 20 free throws to the Wizards' 35.
"Turnovers and fouls, that was the game," Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said.
"If they're going to shoot that many more free throws than we are and we are
going to turn the ball over that many times, it's going to be hard to win
anywhere, but especially on the road."
The Pistons stormed back to tie it at 102, and it was 106-106 before the
Wizards pulled away.
Beal drove the lane and converted a three-point play with 2:06 left, and then
followed with a pull-up jumper to make it 113-108.
Bradley answered with a 3 from atop the arc, but then was stripped by Porter in
the lane when he looked to have a clear path to a tying layup.
The Pistons had yet another chance denied when Wall soared to reject Jackson's
runner. It was the All-Star point guard's second block of the game and the
326th of his career.
"It's just me playing defense," Wall explained. "I think I'm the best
shot-blocking point guard in NBA history, so I'm trying to set records. Just
trying to make a play."
Van Gundy used his team's trip to Washington to again voice his support for
athletes who kneel during the national anthem and his opposition to President
"I don't know what good can come out of anything the president has said," Van
Gundy said. "As far as the athletes' protest, I hope people would pay attention
to the issues that caused the protest in the first place and realize that we
have problem disproportionately with police brutality towards men of color."
A QUICK EXIT
Andre Drummond had 10 of his 12 rebounds and all nine of his points by
halftime, but fouled out late in the third quarter after picking up his fourth,
fifth and sixth personals in a stretch of just 46 seconds.
Pistons: F Stanley Johnson (back) started after sitting out the team's morning
shootaround. He hit his first two field goal attempts after going 0 for 13 in
on Wednesday. ... Drummond outrebounded the Wizards 7-5 during the first
Wizards: F Jason Smith (right shoulder strain) was inactive but could return
Monday, coach Scott Brooks said. ... C Marcin Gortat did not have a first-half
rebound, but finished with six.
Pistons: Complete their first back-to-back game set of the season at New York
on Saturday night.
Wizards: Begin a four-game Western Conference trip at Denver on Monday night.
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