Washington doesn’t like to make things easy on themselves, huh?
Kelly Oubre scored a career-high 26 points and all five starters scored in double figures as the Wizards hang on to beat the Detroit Pistons, 122-112. Bradley Beal scored 26 points while John Wall continued his January tear with 16 points and 11 assists to avoid a #SoWizards ending down the stretch of this one.
With the game tied at halftime, the Wizards used a third quarter explosion where they outscored Detroit 45-28 to take control of the game. Or so we thought.
But, Detroit had a run in them whenever it looked the Wizards might pull away. After leading by 20, a feisty Pistons team got hot in the fourth quarter and used a 10-2 run to cut the Wizards lead to just four, 104-100.
But Washington would not falter. Markieff Morris corralled an offensive rebound and kicked it out to Wall who knocked down a three to stretch the Wizards lead to seven, 107-100.
Late in the quarter, Bradley Beal shimmied his way free from Luke Kennard to put the Wizards up 113-104 and put this game on ice.
Wizards take control in the third quarter
After digging themselves into a bit of a hole to start the game, the Wizards were able to claw back in this one as we were all tied up 46 at halftime.
And that’s when the explosion occurred. John Wall, who went scoreless in the first half, got going in the third quarter on a high pick-and-roll with Gortat to get Wall an easy layup. Next time down, Wall buried a three-pointer for five quick points as the Wizards used a 14-6 run to take the lead.
Morris and Gortat, who were also quiet in the first half, were able to get their shots to fall too, mostly in the painted area. Otto Porter knocked down a three from the wing and so did Kelly Oubre late in the third quarter as the Wizards stretched the lead out to 20 at one point and led 91-74, entering the fourth quarter.
Washington shot a mind-boggling 16-20 from the field, went 6-8 from three-point range and committed just one turnover as they outscored the Pistons, 45-28 in the period.
Kelly Oubre with a huge game off the bench
As mentioned, Kelly Oubre scored a career-high 26 points tonight on a very efficient 9-14 shooting while going 5-9 from three-point range. From the moment Oubre checked into the game, he was in attack mode.
With the Wizards already in a 15-point first quarter hole, Oubre came in off the bench to end the Pistons run by knocking down a corner three-pointer. The next time down, Oubre pump-faked from nearly the same spot and drove to the hole for a dunk for a quick five points. Oubre went 4-7 from the field in the first half for 11 points and was a big reason why the Wizards were able to erase the deficit by halftime.
In the second half, it was déjà vu as Oubre came in late in the third quarter and knocked down a three almost immediately after entering the game. With 16 points entering the fourth quarter, you knew a career-high for Oubre was in reach.
Midway through the fourth quarter, the ball found its way to Oubre on the left wing and it hit the front end of the rim but the ball bounced in to tie his career-high with 22 points. With the game looking like it might have a #SoWizards ending to it, Bradley Beal found a rolling Morris who kicked it to Oubre for a three-pointer which he knocked down and got fouled.
Take a bow, Kelly.
A bounce-back game from Otto Porter
Its no secret that Porter has struggled with a sore hip and his play has suffered as a result. But tonight, Porter was able to put that aside as he finished the night with 16 points on 5-9 shooting while knocking down 4-5 three-pointers.
Porter had a pep in his step tonight that wasn’t there versus Charlotte and you could see it on the defensive end early on as he had three first half steals. Porter knocked down three of his first four three-point attempts and came up with many hustle plays on the offensive glass as the Wizards were able to fend off the Pistons down the stretch.
- John Wall had a slow start as he had five assists but was scoreless in the first half. But, he going early in the third quarter and scored 16 points and added six more assists (11 total) after halftime.
- Bradley Beal, who’s struggled in fourth quarters, was able to hit a big step-back jumper as well as his free-throws down the stretch.
- Speaking of free-throws, the Wizards were a much-improved 24-27 (89 percent) from the line tonight.
Washington continues their road trip on Monday as they take on the Dallas Mavericks