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Drummond's 20-20 game leads Pistons past Wizards

DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Pistons might have waited too long to start a serious push for the playoffs, though they are hoping to at least make things interesting for the Milwaukee Bucks.

Andre Drummond scored 24 points and pulled down 23 rebounds, and the Pistons beat the Washington Wizards 103-92 on Thursday night for their fifth win in six games.

''This wasn't a pretty game, but we found a way to get the win and stay in the hunt,'' Reggie Jackson said. ''Andre deserves a lot of credit for that, because he was great. We know he can get big numbers, but he was taking away everything in the post tonight. That was huge.''

The Pistons remained five games behind the Bucks for the last Eastern Conference playoff spot. The Bucks won at the Golden State Warriors later on Thursday.

Detroit was missing power forward Blake Griffin, who was a late scratch with an ankle contusion. Griffin, who was getting an MRI on Thursday night, is averaging 19.8 points, 6.6 rebounds and 6.2 assists in 25 games since joining Detroit late January.

In his absence, the Pistons went back to the high pick-and-roll offense that worked so well for Jackson and Drummond.

''Reggie still doesn't have his legs back - he played 28 minutes tonight and he was really tired - but we were able to go back to running that offense,'' Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said. ''He had eight assists, but if you look at the passes he made where we missed shots, he could have had even more.''

Anthony Tolliver, starting for Griffin, scored 14 points, while reserve post players Henry Ellenson and Eric Moreland combined for 11 points and seven rebounds in 26 minutes.

''A.T. was really good, but we expect that from him,'' Van Gundy said. ''It was Henry and Moreland who were huge. Henry hasn't played on a regular basis since we got Blake, but he did a great job for us tonight.''

Bradley Beal had 15 points for Washington and Kelly Oubre added 14. The Wizards, who would have clinched a playoff spot with a win, have lost four of five.

''We know, and that's the most disappointing part of this,'' Beal said. ''We just have to put that behind us and win some more games.''

Both teams struggled in the first half, which finished with a 49-all tie. They combined to shoot 6 for 25 (24 percent) on 3-pointers, while the Pistons turned the ball over nine times. Drummond had seven points, 12 rebounds and a blocked shot in the half, while Beal led the Wizards with 10 points.

Otto Porter Jr. had to be helped off the court early in the third quarter with a sprained right ankle, and the Pistons were able to move the lead to 63-55.

''We don't know how serious it is, but we think it is a mild sprain, which is a great sign,'' Wizards coach Scott Brooks said. ''We'll see how he is in a couple days, and then a couple more days, and we'll make our decisions.''

Drummond scored 13 points in the third, giving him 20 for the game and Detroit finished the quarter on an 8-0 run to take an 81-66 lead. Beal was injured in a collision with Ellenson at the end of the quarter, but returned in the fourth.

''We just couldn't make any shots in that quarter and we weren't attacking,'' Brooks said. ''When nothing's falling, you have to manufacture points at the line, and we couldn't even get into the bonus.''

The Wizards cut the gap to 91-87 with 5:15 left, but Detroit scored the next six points, including four from Jackson.

TIP-INS

Wizards: Brooks said before the game that John Wall (knee) is close to returning and could play as soon as Saturday against the Charlotte Hornets.

Pistons: Detroit announced an honorary call-up of G League forward Zeke Upshaw, who died Monday of heart problems after collapsing during a game on Saturday. Upshaw, 26, was in his second season with the Grand Rapids Drive, Detroit's G League affiliate.

DRUMMOND'S BIG GAMES

Drummond recorded the 20th 20/20 game of his career, the most of any NBA player since he joined the league in the 2012-13 season. DeAndre Jordan (15) is the only other player with more than 10.

''Obviously, 24 and 23 is incredible, but that doesn't tell you how good he really was,'' Van Gundy said. ''He was so active on both ends of the floor that he changed the game.''

UP NEXT

Wizards: Host the Charlotte Hornets on Saturday.

Pistons: Visit the New York Knicks on Saturday in the first game of a New York City back-to-back.

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Key Players
B. Beal
3 SG
B. Griffin
23 PF
34.0 Min. Per Game 34.0
21.4 Pts. Per Game 21.4
5.8 Ast. Per Game 5.8
7.4 Reb. Per Game 7.4
46.1 Field Goal % 43.8
46.1 Three Point % 43.8
78.8 Free Throw % 78.5
  24-second shot clock violation turnover 0:11
  Out of bounds turnover on Bradley Beal 0:36
  Defensive rebound by Markieff Morris 0:44
  Stanley Johnson missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:46
  Defensive rebound by Andre Drummond 1:05
  Bradley Beal missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:09
+ 2 Reggie Bullock made jump shot, assist by Anthony Tolliver 1:19
  Defensive rebound by Stanley Johnson 1:32
  Markieff Morris missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:34
  Defensive rebound by Markieff Morris 1:49
  Andre Drummond missed 2nd of 2 free throws 1:51
Team Stats
Points 92 103
Field Goals 37-89 (41.6%) 41-84 (48.8%)
3-Pointers 6-32 (18.8%) 6-21 (28.6%)
Free Throws 12-15 (80.0%) 15-20 (75.0%)
Total Rebounds 50 53
Offensive 12 10
Defensive 31 34
Team 7 9
Assists 28 26
Steals 9 9
Blocks 6 3
Turnovers 15 16
Fouls 19 14
Technicals 0 2
11 PTS, 6 REB, 5 AST
24 PTS, 23 REB, 4 AST
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away team logo Wizards 41-34 2425172692
home team logo Pistons 35-40 23263222103
Team Stats
away team logo Wizards 41-34 107.2 PPG 40 RPG 23.3 APG
home team logo Pistons 35-40 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
B. Beal SG 22.6 PPG 4.4 RPG 4.5 APG 46.0 FG%
A. Drummond C 15.0 PPG 16.0 RPG 3.0 APG 52.9 FG%
Top Scorers
B. Beal SG 15 PTS 5 REB 1 AST
A. Drummond C 24 PTS 23 REB 4 AST
41.6 FG% 48.8
18.8 3PT FG% 28.6
80.0 FT% 75.0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Beal 35 15 5 1 2 0 6 1 6/17 1/8 2/3 1 4 18 -17
M. Morris 36 11 6 5 1 4 1 3 5/15 1/6 0/0 2 4 31 0
T. Satoransky 34 11 5 6 1 0 1 3 4/8 1/3 2/2 3 2 28 -2
M. Gortat 27 10 12 3 1 0 2 3 5/7 0/0 0/0 2 10 27 -11
O. Porter 15 7 2 2 0 1 2 0 2/7 1/3 2/2 1 1 12 +2
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Beal 35 15 5 1 2 0 6 1 6/17 1/8 2/3 1 4 18 -17
M. Morris 36 11 6 5 1 4 1 3 5/15 1/6 0/0 2 4 31 0
T. Satoransky 34 11 5 6 1 0 1 3 4/8 1/3 2/2 3 2 28 -2
M. Gortat 27 10 12 3 1 0 2 3 5/7 0/0 0/0 2 10 27 -11
O. Porter 15 7 2 2 0 1 2 0 2/7 1/3 2/2 1 1 12 +2
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Oubre 32 14 4 3 1 1 0 2 5/12 0/4 4/5 0 4 26 -13
M. Scott 19 8 4 1 0 0 1 4 4/10 0/2 0/0 1 3 13 -8
R. Sessions 15 6 2 6 2 0 0 0 2/4 0/1 2/3 1 1 22 -5
J. Meeks 13 6 1 1 1 0 1 1 2/5 2/5 0/0 0 1 9 +3
I. Mahinmi 9 4 2 0 0 0 1 2 2/4 0/0 0/0 1 1 5 -4
J. Smith - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Wall - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Robinson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Frazier - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. McCullough - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 92 43 28 9 6 15 19 37/89 6/32 12/15 12 31 191 -55
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
A. Drummond 37 24 23 4 0 1 1 2 10/16 0/0 4/7 5 18 55 +19
A. Tolliver 31 14 2 2 1 1 1 2 4/6 1/3 5/5 1 1 21 +7
R. Bullock 29 14 1 3 1 0 1 0 6/9 2/4 0/0 0 1 21 +9
R. Jackson 27 13 2 8 0 0 4 2 6/16 0/4 1/2 0 2 27 +6
S. Johnson 36 9 5 2 4 0 2 2 4/11 1/3 0/0 2 3 20 +18
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
A. Drummond 37 24 23 4 0 1 1 2 10/16 0/0 4/7 5 18 55 +19
A. Tolliver 31 14 2 2 1 1 1 2 4/6 1/3 5/5 1 1 21 +7
R. Bullock 29 14 1 3 1 0 1 0 6/9 2/4 0/0 0 1 21 +9
R. Jackson 27 13 2 8 0 0 4 2 6/16 0/4 1/2 0 2 27 +6
S. Johnson 36 9 5 2 4 0 2 2 4/11 1/3 0/0 2 3 20 +18
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
H. Ellenson 16 9 5 1 0 0 1 0 3/7 1/1 2/2 1 4 15 +4
L. Kennard 18 8 1 2 2 0 1 1 2/5 1/2 3/4 0 1 14 +2
I. Smith 20 6 3 2 0 0 1 2 3/9 0/3 0/0 0 3 12 +5
J. Ennis III 11 4 0 0 0 0 2 0 2/4 0/1 0/0 0 0 2 -7
E. Moreland 10 2 2 2 1 1 2 3 1/1 0/0 0/0 1 1 8 -8
J. Leuer - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Griffin - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Buycks - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Felder - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Galloway - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Hearn - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Nelson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 103 44 26 9 3 16 14 41/84 6/21 15/20 10 34 195 +55