December 16, 2019

Washington Wizards Game 8 Review: Wiz Defeat Pistons With Late Drama

GORTAT, WALL RECORD DOUBLE-DOUBLES IN WIZARDS WIN

Behind a strong second half, the Washington Wizards took care of the Detroit Pistons at home, 107-103.

After two quarters, the Wizards found themselves down by two, 59-57, thanks in large part to 21 points from Detroit’s Brandon Jennings. While John Wall contributed 15 points and six assists of his own in the first half, it was the Wizards ability to keep up with the Pistons on the boards that kept them in game.

In 2013, the story of the Wizards was their inability to come out of the halftime intermission strong. On Wednesday night, that wouldn’t be a problem.

Opening on a 13-4 run, the Wizards built a seven-point lead, 70-63. For the rest of the period, the Pistons played catchup with the Wizards, fighting off every run Washington threw at them. While Wall added nine points and three assists, a three-point-play by Greg Monroe with one second left gave the Pistons the lead at the end of the quarter, 85-82.

Exchanging the lead five times in a competitive and back and forth final quarter, the Wizards closed strong with the starters on the floor. After Rasual Butler scored seven straight points to put Washington ahead 97-96, Detroit retook the lead for a brief minute before Washington took it right back on a baseline jumper from Marcin Gortat.

Down the stretch, Washington used team basketball and clutch free throws to secure the win.

With just over a minute left, Wall hit a 10-footer to put Washington on top before Gortat extended the lead to three with a slam dunk after a beautiful assists from Nene Hilario. In the final 15 seconds, the Wizards went 4-for-6 from the free throw line to finish off the win.

Next up, the Wizards (6-2, 3-0 at home) will stay home for a matchup with the Orlando Magic. Washington defeated the Magic for their first win of the season on Oct. 30. Wall scored 30 points and dished 12 assists in the victory. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. ET.

Game Notes

  • With his effort, Marcin Gortat (14 points, 13 rebounds) recorded his third double-double of the season.
  • John Wall lead the Wizards with 27 points and 11 assists while Rasual Butler led the bench with 18 points. Kris Humphries added 12 points off the bench, as well. Paul Pierce added 13 points and Garrett Temple went a perfect 4-for-4 from the free throw line en route to six points.
  • Sharing is caring, and the Wizards did just that. Totaling 27 assists, that’s eight more than the Pistons managed.
  • On the boards, the Wizards held the advantage by out-rebounding Detroit 46-39.
  • One place where the Wizards were not hot was from behind the arc. Shooting just 3-of-11 from downtown, they’ll need to find a sharpshooter while they wait for Bradley Beal to return.
About Brian Skinnell

Brian Skinnell is a Staff Writer for District Sports Page covering the Redskins, Nationals and college football. He is a born-and-raised follower of Washington, D.C. sports, “The” Ohio State Buckeyes and auto racing. A graduate of Shepherd University in December of 2014, he has a degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies with a Concentration in Sports Communications. Prior to joining District Sports Page (for his second stint), he spent time with Rant Sports, Yahoo Sports and the Washington Redskins. For his day job, he is an Editor for Team Velocity Marketing. Follow him on Twitter @Brian_Skinnell.

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