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Griffin, Drummond help Pistons pull away from Wizards 106-95

DETROIT (AP) There's no trophy for beating a slumping team like the Washington Wizards in late December.

For Blake Griffin and the Detroit Pistons, though, Wednesday night's victory felt like a big deal.

After losing nine of 11, the Pistons went on a 23-2 run to start the second half and held on to beat Washington 106-95.

''That game was pretty close to a must win, just for the sake of our morale and righting the ship,'' Pistons coach Dwane Casey said. ''We came out with focus and energy in the third quarter, and that meant we weren't fighting from behind down the stretch.''

The Pistons didn't make it easy on themselves, turning the ball over 24 times for 26 Washington points.

The Wizards trailed by 22 but got as close as three in the fourth quarter, including one possession where Trevor Ariza missed a tying 3-point attempt.

''I think we turned the ball over 12 times in the fourth quarter, and that's obviously not acceptable,'' Casey said. ''Luckily, we had enough of a cushion to survive taking our foot off the gas pedal, but we'll be using those as teaching moments.''

Griffin had 23 points and nine rebounds, and Andre Drummond got his 10th straight double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds.

''When you turn the ball over 24 times, you know you can do a much better job,'' Griffin said. ''They are aggressive in the passing lanes, but there are also things we can control better than we have.''

Two lesser-known Pistons played key roles.

Casey took Luke Kennard out of the lineup and replaced him with defensive-specialist Bruce Brown, using the rookie against both Bradley Beal and John Wall. Langston Galloway stayed in his usual role providing offense off the bench, while Kennard didn't play. Galloway finished with 22 points on 8-of-12 shooting, including four 3-pointers.

The Wizards lost for the eighth time in 10 games and are 4-16 on the road. Wall had 21 points, eight assists and seven rebounds, and Beal scored 21 points.

''We just had four really bad minutes of basketball,'' Washington coach Scott Brooks said. ''When you are struggling on the road, you have to play all 48 minutes.''

The Pistons struggled early on the defensive end, allowing Washington to shoot 57.9 percent in the first half. They stayed in the game from the 3-point line. Detroit came into the game ranked 28th in 3-point percentage but hit 12 of its first 23 attempts.

The last four came in the third quarter at the same time the Wizards were missing seven of their first eight shots in the second half. That allowed Detroit to take a 77-57 lead, but Washington began to force turnovers.

Washington narrowed the gap to 85-72 at quarter's end and was within nine with 8:56 to play, aided by the Pistons missing 11 of their next 12 3-point attempts.

Ariza hit a 3-pointer to make it 94-91 with 5:33 to play but missed another on the next possession. He was 5 for 8 from deep in the second half after not scoring a point in the first two quarters.

Drummond, the second-worst free-throw shooter in NBA history, hit two with 2:32 left to give the Pistons a 100-93 advantage.

TIP-INS

Wizards: Washington came into the game averaging 113.2 points a game and were on pace to match that until their 17-point third quarter. ... Wall and Ian Mahinmi, along with Drummond, picked up technical fouls for ''hostile acts'' in the third quarter. Markieff Morris got one for arguing a call in the first half.

Pistons: Drummond's double-double streak is the longest active run in the league. ... Detroit leads the league in opponent 3-point percentage and held Washington to 27.3 percent.

UP NEXT

Wizards: Host the Chicago Bulls on Friday

Pistons: Visit the Indiana Pacers on Friday

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Key Players
B. Beal
3 SG
B. Griffin
23 PF
36.0 Min. Per Game 36.0
25.3 Pts. Per Game 25.3
5.1 Ast. Per Game 5.1
8.9 Reb. Per Game 8.9
47.4 Field Goal % 46.9
47.2 Three Point % 46.8
78.3 Free Throw % 73.0
+ 2 Thomas Bryant made layup, assist by Troy Brown Jr. 0:21
+ 1 Reggie Jackson made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:29
+ 1 Reggie Jackson made 1st of 2 free throws 0:29
  Personal foul on Tomas Satoransky 0:29
  John Wall missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:38
+ 2 Blake Griffin made dunk, assist by Reggie Bullock 0:44
  Defensive rebound by Reggie Bullock 0:45
  Tomas Satoransky missed 3-pt. jump shot, blocked by Blake Griffin 0:49
+ 1 Reggie Jackson made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:01
+ 1 Reggie Jackson made 1st of 2 free throws 1:01
  Shooting foul on Markieff Morris 1:01
Team Stats
Points 95 106
Field Goals 38-83 (45.8%) 37-80 (46.3%)
3-Pointers 9-33 (27.3%) 14-37 (37.8%)
Free Throws 10-13 (76.9%) 18-19 (94.7%)
Total Rebounds 36 56
Offensive 6 11
Defensive 25 35
Team 5 10
Assists 17 25
Steals 14 8
Blocks 4 4
Turnovers 16 23
Fouls 21 20
Technicals 3 1
21 PTS, 7 REB, 8 AST
23 PTS, 9 REB, 6 AST
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away team logo Wizards 13-22 2827172395
home team logo Pistons 16-16 27273121106
Team Stats
away team logo Wizards 13-22 114.3 PPG 42 RPG 26.5 APG
home team logo Pistons 16-16 107.7 PPG 44.8 RPG 22.7 APG
Key Players
J. Wall PG 20.7 PPG 3.6 RPG 8.7 APG 44.4 FG%
B. Griffin PF 24.7 PPG 7.5 RPG 5.5 APG 46.6 FG%
Top Scorers
J. Wall PG 21 PTS 7 REB 8 AST
B. Griffin PF 23 PTS 9 REB 6 AST
45.8 FG% 46.3
27.3 3PT FG% 37.8
76.9 FT% 94.7
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Wall 21 7 8 9/19 2/7 1/1 1 37 0 1 6 0 7 -12 39
B. Beal 21 4 1 10/23 1/7 0/0 1 44 2 2 2 0 4 -10 29
T. Ariza 16 5 1 5/14 5/10 1/1 3 38 3 0 1 0 5 -11 25
T. Bryant 7 3 0 3/3 0/0 1/2 1 13 1 0 2 1 2 -15 9
J. Green 4 1 2 1/2 0/0 2/2 4 9 0 0 0 0 1 -8 9
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Wall 21 7 8 9/19 2/7 1/1 1 37 0 1 6 0 7 -12 39
B. Beal 21 4 1 10/23 1/7 0/0 1 44 2 2 2 0 4 -10 29
T. Ariza 16 5 1 5/14 5/10 1/1 3 38 3 0 1 0 5 -11 25
T. Bryant 7 3 0 3/3 0/0 1/2 1 13 1 0 2 1 2 -15 9
J. Green 4 1 2 1/2 0/0 2/2 4 9 0 0 0 0 1 -8 9
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
M. Morris 12 6 2 4/12 1/6 3/4 3 36 2 0 1 3 3 -14 23
I. Mahinmi 10 5 1 4/5 0/0 2/3 6 27 3 1 2 2 3 +15 19
T. Satoransky 2 0 1 1/2 0/1 0/0 2 21 2 0 2 0 0 -3 4
C. Randle 2 0 0 1/3 0/2 0/0 0 10 1 0 0 0 0 +1 3
T. Brown Jr. 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 +2 2
S. Dekker - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
O. Porter Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. McRae - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Robinson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Baker - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Howard - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 95 31 17 38/83 9/33 10/13 21 236 14 4 16 6 25 -55 162
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
B. Griffin 23 9 6 9/19 4/9 1/1 1 34 2 1 4 2 7 +11 43
R. Jackson 19 4 6 5/13 3/7 6/6 2 29 1 0 8 2 2 +20 28
A. Drummond 16 11 4 6/11 0/0 4/4 5 35 3 2 4 3 8 +16 36
B. Brown 8 4 0 3/7 1/3 1/2 2 22 1 0 0 1 3 +25 13
R. Bullock 5 4 3 1/6 1/4 2/2 2 32 0 0 1 0 4 +10 14
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
B. Griffin 23 9 6 9/19 4/9 1/1 1 34 2 1 4 2 7 +11 43
R. Jackson 19 4 6 5/13 3/7 6/6 2 29 1 0 8 2 2 +20 28
A. Drummond 16 11 4 6/11 0/0 4/4 5 35 3 2 4 3 8 +16 36
B. Brown 8 4 0 3/7 1/3 1/2 2 22 1 0 0 1 3 +25 13
R. Bullock 5 4 3 1/6 1/4 2/2 2 32 0 0 1 0 4 +10 14
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
L. Galloway 22 4 0 8/12 4/7 2/2 1 23 0 0 0 2 2 -11 26
S. Johnson 5 2 1 2/4 1/3 0/0 2 18 1 0 1 0 2 -2 9
Z. Pachulia 5 5 2 2/3 0/1 1/1 3 12 0 0 2 1 4 -5 12
J. Leuer 3 2 0 1/2 0/1 1/1 1 13 0 1 2 0 2 0 4
J. Calderon 0 1 3 0/3 0/2 0/0 1 18 0 0 1 0 1 -9 6
I. Smith - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Z. Lofton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Robinson III - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Evans - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Thomas - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
H. Ellenson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Kennard - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 106 46 25 37/80 14/37 18/19 20 236 8 4 23 11 35 +55 191