Detroit Pistons pound Washington Wizards 132-102 before heading to West Coast
By DAVE HOGG
DETROIT — The Detroit Pistons didn’t want to take a six-game losing streak into their longest road trip of the season.
Turns out, Pistons coach Dwane Casey and his banged-up squad were facing one of the few NBA teams dealing with even more injuries ahead of hitting the road.
Blake Griffin had 14 points and a season-high 11 rebounds as Detroit ended a five-game losing streak with a 132-102 rout of the Washington Wizards Thursday night.
“We did a lot of good things, and now we’ve got to carry that on the road,” Casey said. “We knew we had a wounded team over there and I thought our ball movement was as good as it has been all season.”
The Pistons were missing Reggie Jackson (back) and Luke Kennard (knee), while Griffin, Bruce Brown and Derrick Rose played through injuries.
“I thought we did all the little things right,” Griffin said. “We obviously weren’t in a good spot with a five-game losing streak, but we just focused on tonight and making sure we played our game.”
John Wall, Davis Bertans, Isaiah Thomas, Thomas Bryant and Rui Hachimura sat out for Washington.
Detroit, which had already lost twice to the Wizards, got 14 points and 10 rebounds from Andre Drummond.
Casey was able to use the lopsided margin to rest his key players, including sitting Griffin for the fourth quarter.
Christian Wood finished with 22 points and Tim Frazier scored 18 for Detroit, which had eight players in double figures.
The Pistons took 48 3-pointers, tying the franchise record set on Dec. 19, 2018. Frazier hit 5 of 6 attempts.
“Timmy has been in the league for five or six years, so he’s got experience and he knows what is going on,” Casey said.
Anzejs Pasecniks scored a career-high 17 in his fifth NBA game to lead the Wizards. Bradley Beal had 15 points before leaving the game in the fourth quarter.