Wizards pull away from Pistons, 106-82

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 28, 2013 at 10:11 pm •  Published: December 28, 2013
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Wizards guard Bradley Beal had to be helped off the court Friday during a loss in Minnesota. A night later, he was back to help lead a rout of the Detroit Pistons.

John Wall had 20 points and 11 assists, and Beal scored 10 of his 15 points during the second quarter as Washington pulled away for a 106-82 victory on Saturday.

Marcin Gortat scored 16 points, and Trevor Ariza added 15 points for Washington, which snapped a three-game home losing streak and has won four of its last five overall.

Beal left in the fourth quarter Friday after colliding with Timberwolves forward Luc Mbah a Moute. An MRI Saturday was negative and Beal started against Detroit and played 20 minutes.

"I woke up this morning feeling good, so I was hopeful that would be a good sign throughout the day," Beal said. "The (doctor) told me it was nothing but a little bone bruise. It's going to take a little bit more than that to keep me from playing. And it didn't hurt tonight, so that's a good thing."

One night after their worst defeat of the season, a 22-point loss to the Wolves, the Wizards never trailed, pulling away late in the first half and posting their biggest margin of victory this season.

"We got back a little bit of our identity that I thought we lost last night coming out of Christmas break," coach Randy Wittman said.

"We can only play one way, and that's a physical presence on the floor. Tonight was more the team that we have to be. I thought that right from the jump ball we took the fight in a physical manner that we didn't at all last night."

Greg Monroe scored 14 points and Brandon Jennings had 13 for Detroit, which has dropped four of five.

Detroit coach Maurice Cheeks kept starting forward Josh Smith, who had five points in Friday's loss at Orlando and shot 2 of 7 in the first half against the Wizards, on the bench for the second half.

"I just felt like I wanted to make a change and stay with the guys I went with," Cheeks said. "It wasn't just him. (Kentavious Caldwell-Pope) didn't start either."

Caldwell-Pope eventually played nearly 10 minutes of the second half.

"I mean it's unfair because like I told you before, I play the game hard each and every day," Smith said when asked if he was being singled out. "When I was younger I played this game free year around. So why wouldn't I want to come out here and put my best foot forward every time I step out?"