Wizards sharp early and late in 133-119 win over Pistons

NBA Basketball

DETROIT (AP)Bradley Beal scored 15 of his 35 points in the first quarter, and the Washington Wizards took control with some torrid shooting before holding on for a 133-119 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Monday night.

The Pistons were without injured stars Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond, and Washington shot 17 of 21 (81%) from the field in the first quarter. The Wizards also made all three of their 3-point attempts and all six of their free throws in the opening period, building a 43-31 lead.

Detroit rallied after falling behind by 16 in the second quarter, but the Wizards were relentless offensively. Isaiah Thomas returned from a calf injury and scored 23 points for Washington, and Davis Bertans added 17.

Derrick Rose and Markieff Morris each scored 22 points for Detroit.

It was 67-61 at halftime, and Washington led 96-91 after three. In the final quarter, the Wizards’ lead stayed between two and five until Beal’s two free throws made it a six-point game with 5:20 to play.

Thomas then added a 3-pointer to make it 117-108. The Wizards shot 14 of 18 (78%) in the final quarter.

Griffin has been dealing with a sore left knee, and Drummond missed a second straight game with left eye inflammation.

The Wizards snapped a four-game losing streak.

BENCHES

The Pistons and Wizards both came into the game averaging 46 points from their reserves – two of the top marks in the NBA. In this game, Washington narrowly won the battle of the benches, 50-49.

TIP-INS

Wizards: Washington went 18 of 33 from beyond the arc in its 17th straight game with at least 10 3-pointers. … Thomas missed five games with his calf injury.

Pistons: Bruce Brown scored 20 points, two short of his career high.

UP NEXT

Wizards: Host the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night.

Pistons: Host the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night.

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