The team wasn’t putting enough effort on any end of the court and the Pistons were taking advantage of it to create a nine-point lead. The Wizards, however, flipped the script in the last 12 minutes and with a solid team effort, Washington outscored Detroit 28-12 to turn the game around and win it by a 106-99 score.
The defense anchored the win but none of that would’ve been possible without some solid plays on the offensive side of the ball. Washington started to get closer and closer led by John Wall – who finished with 29 points and seven assists – and they didn’t let their lead go once they had it, completing a huge win on the road against a tough team in the East.
The Pistons couldn’t take advantage of the efforts made by the frontcourt – Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe combined for 38 points and 26 rebounds – and their lackluster offense ultimately doomed them from getting a win that appeared to be all but set entering the final period. The Pistons need to improve their execution in the final minutes of the game if they want to compete for a playoff spot in the East.
As for the Wizards, their turnaround in the fourth was amazing and that’s the kind of effort the team needs to put on a nightly basis to compete. The team is stacked with talent and if they add some effort and physicality, they are a team that could pull some upsets throughout the year.