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Third-quarter run helps Pistons to 121-112 win over Wizards

DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Pistons are enjoying one of their best stretches of the season, and the reason why is no surprise.

Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond are rolling.

Drummond had 32 points and 17 rebounds, and Griffin had 31 points, nine rebounds and nine assists to lift the Pistons to a 121-112 victory over the Washington Wizards on Monday night. Detroit has won four in a row, one shy of its longest winning streak of the season.

''It's incredible. They're playing the way we obviously need them to play,'' said Luke Kennard, who added 15 points for the Pistons. ''Obviously, Dre in the last couple games has been unbelievable. Reggie (Jackson) the past couple weeks has been great for us. Obviously, Blake all year has been really, really consistent.''

Griffin scored 20 points in the first half for the Pistons, who haven't lost since blowing a 25-point lead in a home defeat against the Los Angeles Clippers on Feb. 2. Detroit began Monday tied with Miami for the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

The Wizards, who are without injured John Wall and Dwight Howard, traded Otto Porter Jr. away last week. Nevertheless, they came into the game on a two-game winning streak before falling short against Detroit.

Griffin and Drummond have averaged 26 points apiece during Detroit's streak.

''We knew their power at the 4 and the 5 - they are as strong as anyone in the league at those two spots,'' Wizards coach Scott Brooks said. ''When Blake puts his head down, it is almost impossible to stop him from getting to the basket, but now he can step back and hit 3-pointers.''

The Pistons led by 10 in the first quarter. They were up 61-59 at halftime before pushing the lead back into double digits in the third. Detroit went on a 13-2 run and took an 81-71 advantage on a 3-pointer by recently acquired center Thon Maker.

Bradley Beal had 32 points and 10 assists for the Wizards.

''We gave them way too many points in the paint, especially early on, so we were always trying to fight back into the game,'' Beal said. ''This was an important night for us to take care of business, and we didn't get it done.''

TIP-INS

Wizards: Bobby Portis had 24 points and Trevor Ariza scored 23. ... Jeff Green, who has been dealing with left hip tightness, played 28:04 and scored four points.

Pistons: Jackson had 16 points, six assists and seven turnovers. He went 4 of 4 from 3-point range. ... Detroit was 15 of 36 from beyond the arc. ... Kennard went 4 of 6 from 3. ... The Pistons won their first four games of the season, and they had a five-game winning streak from Nov. 23-Dec. 1.

DEBUT

Wayne Ellington played for the first time since signing with Detroit . He missed his first six shots from the field - all from 3-point range - and finished with two points.

HIGHLIGHT

Maker met Portis at the rim and blocked his dunk attempt in the final seconds of the first quarter. Then he left the game to receive stitches to his upper lip.

''What a hustler that young man is,'' Pistons coach Dwane Casey said. ''I love the way he competes. His spirit is in the right place. He's about winning. He's not about himself. He's a good addition to our program, as far as what we're trying to build, with character. Basketball IQ is very, very important.''

UP NEXT

Wizards: At Toronto on Wednesday night.

Pistons: At Boston on Wednesday night.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
  Defensive rebound by Blake Griffin 0:12
  Bobby Portis missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:16
+ 1 Bradley Beal made free throw 0:24
  Personal foul on Blake Griffin 0:24
+ 1 Reggie Jackson made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:24
+ 1 Reggie Jackson made 1st of 2 free throws 0:24
  Personal foul on Jeff Green 0:24
+ 2 Bradley Beal made driving layup 0:26
  Offensive foul on Reggie Jackson 0:34
  Defensive rebound by Langston Galloway 0:35
  Lost ball turnover on Reggie Jackson, stolen by Bobby Portis 0:41
Team Stats
Points 112 121
Field Goals 42-84 (50.0%) 44-85 (51.8%)
3-Pointers 14-39 (35.9%) 15-36 (41.7%)
Free Throws 14-19 (73.7%) 18-21 (85.7%)
Total Rebounds 39 52
Offensive 7 10
Defensive 30 38
Team 2 4
Assists 31 25
Steals 7 6
Blocks 5 2
Turnovers 14 16
Fouls 21 21
Technicals 0 1
32 PTS, 6 REB, 10 AST
31 PTS, 9 REB, 9 AST
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away team logo Wizards 24-33 27322033112
home team logo Pistons 26-29 36252931121
Team Stats
away team logo Wizards 24-33 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Pistons 26-29 98.0 PPG 42.3 RPG 23.0 APG
Key Players
B. Beal SG 25.6 PPG 5.0 RPG 5.5 APG 47.5 FG%
A. Drummond C 17.3 PPG 15.6 RPG 1.4 APG 53.3 FG%
Top Scorers
B. Beal SG 32 PTS 6 REB 10 AST
A. Drummond C 32 PTS 17 REB 0 AST
50.0 FG% 51.8
35.9 3PT FG% 41.7
73.7 FT% 85.7
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
B. Beal 32 6 10 9/19 2/8 12/12 3 41 2 1 1 0 6 -20 60
T. Ariza 23 7 5 10/14 3/6 0/1 3 39 2 1 2 0 7 0 41
T. Bryant 8 8 1 4/7 0/2 0/0 1 16 0 1 0 3 5 -13 19
C. Randle 5 1 1 2/5 1/2 0/0 2 18 0 0 2 0 1 -9 6
J. Green 4 1 5 1/6 1/5 1/2 3 28 0 1 4 1 0 -16 12
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
B. Beal 32 6 10 9/19 2/8 12/12 3 41 2 1 1 0 6 -20 60
T. Ariza 23 7 5 10/14 3/6 0/1 3 39 2 1 2 0 7 0 41
T. Bryant 8 8 1 4/7 0/2 0/0 1 16 0 1 0 3 5 -13 19
C. Randle 5 1 1 2/5 1/2 0/0 2 18 0 0 2 0 1 -9 6
J. Green 4 1 5 1/6 1/5 1/2 3 28 0 1 4 1 0 -16 12
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
B. Portis 24 5 1 9/17 6/10 0/1 1 31 2 0 2 1 4 +4 31
J. McRae 10 1 4 5/8 0/0 0/0 2 19 0 0 1 0 1 -4 18
W. Johnson 6 3 2 2/5 1/3 1/1 3 24 1 1 0 1 2 +6 15
J. Parker 0 5 2 0/3 0/3 0/2 3 19 0 0 2 1 4 +7 7
J. Wall - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Satoransky - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Dekker - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Robinson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Brown Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Howard - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Mahinmi - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 112 37 31 42/84 14/39 14/19 21 235 7 5 14 7 30 -45 209
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
A. Drummond 32 17 0 12/19 0/1 8/10 3 35 4 1 1 4 13 +14 53
B. Griffin 31 9 9 12/23 4/10 3/4 5 39 0 0 2 2 7 -2 56
R. Jackson 16 0 6 5/8 4/4 2/2 2 28 1 0 7 0 0 +9 22
B. Brown 9 0 0 4/4 1/1 0/0 2 27 0 0 1 0 0 +9 8
L. Galloway 0 6 1 0/4 0/3 0/0 0 20 1 0 0 0 6 +18 9
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
A. Drummond 32 17 0 12/19 0/1 8/10 3 35 4 1 1 4 13 +14 53
B. Griffin 31 9 9 12/23 4/10 3/4 5 39 0 0 2 2 7 -2 56
R. Jackson 16 0 6 5/8 4/4 2/2 2 28 1 0 7 0 0 +9 22
B. Brown 9 0 0 4/4 1/1 0/0 2 27 0 0 1 0 0 +9 8
L. Galloway 0 6 1 0/4 0/3 0/0 0 20 1 0 0 0 6 +18 9
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
L. Kennard 15 3 2 4/7 4/6 3/3 1 28 0 0 0 0 3 -9 22
I. Smith 7 4 4 2/7 1/3 2/2 2 19 0 0 1 2 2 0 18
T. Maker 5 4 0 2/3 1/1 0/0 3 13 0 1 2 1 3 +15 8
Z. Pachulia 4 1 1 2/2 0/0 0/0 0 6 0 0 0 1 0 -11 7
W. Ellington 2 4 2 1/8 0/7 0/0 3 19 0 0 2 0 4 0 8
J. Calderon 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 +2 0
K. Lucas - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Leuer - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Robinson III - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Mykhailiuk - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Whitehead - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Thomas - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 121 48 25 44/85 15/36 18/21 21 235 6 2 16 10 38 +45 211