The Wizards’ slide continues as this time, the Pistons come from 11 points down and end up blowing out the Wizards 106-89. Notorious Wizards killer Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had a game high 26 points and both big men for the Pistons, Andre Drummond (18 points and 16 rebounds) and Greg Monroe (15 points and 15 rebounds) posted impressive double-doubles.
The game started off well for the Wizards as Gortat had a strong first quarter and went 6-6 from the field in the period. Nene picked up his second foul at the 7:41 mark and this would disrupt his play for the entire game. As of late, the Wizards have had issues guarding the three pointer. This was apparent as Detroit connected on 4-7 from three point range as the Wizards went 0-2 from deep in the quarter.
The Wizards bench started the second quarter very strong, specifically Kris Humphries and Rasual Butler. Kris went 5-5 from the field in the quarter including a couple dunks and knocking down mid range jumpers.
The Wizards were able to get out in transition in the second as well. John Wall pushed the ball and found Butler for a nice dunk on two occasions and John had a couple of layups in transition of his own. The Wizards stretched the lead to 11 at one point in the quarter and it felt like this team felt good about where they were at.
Some sloppy play to close the quarter allowed the Pistons to cut the lead to five at halftime and the momentum took an monumental shift.
The Wizards started the quarter off nicely connecting on three pointers from Garrett Temple and Paul Pierce, but then they endured a scoring drought. A combination of hot shooting from Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and physical play from the Detroit big men were too much for the Wizards to handle as the Pistons outscored the Wizards 35-19 in the quarter. The Wizards were down 11 going into the fourth and you could tell this team had lost its confidence.
Jodie Meeks knocked down an open three to start the 4th quarter and the Wizards never really recovered or made a push. Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe continued to impose their strength on Wizards big men and they could do nothing about it. With 1:12 left and the game sealed up, the Pistons took three shots and got three offensive rebounds to run the clock out. It was very indicative of the Wizards slump.
Things are going south, and fast. The Wizards need Bradley Beal to come back immediately as this team endures way too many scoring droughts. Things get no easier as Golden State comes to town on Tuesday night.