Auburn Hills, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - John Wall had 29 points, Trevor Ariza
scored 15 with 11 rebounds and the Washington Wizards swept a home-and-home
series against the Detroit Pistons with a 106-99 win on Monday.
Washington won the opener 106-82 at home on Saturday to snap a seven-game
losing streak in the series.
Wall had nine of his points in a big fourth quarter when the Wizards outscored
the Pistons 28-12.
Bradley Beal added 13 points as the Wizards won for the fifth time in six
games. They snapped a four-game road losing streak in the series.
Greg Monroe had 22 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Pistons, who have lost
five of their last six overall and four in a row at home. Brandon Jennings
added 15 points and 14 assists and rookie Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored a
career-high 17 -- all in the first half.
Detroit was without guard Rodney Stuckey because of a sore shoulder.
Still, the Pistons led by 12 near the end of the third quarter and 87-78 going
into the fourth.
But Washington used a 14-0 run spanning the two quarters to take the lead.
Martell Webster scored half of his 10 points during the surge, including a 3
that gave the Wizards an 89-87 lead.
It remained tight until late, when Beal hit a long jumper and Nene knocked
down a mid-range shot for a five-point lead with 1:46 left. Jennings was
called for palming the ball with 18 seconds left and the Pistons trailing by
six, a costly turnover.
Caldwell-Pope's previous career high was 16 points against Minnesota on Dec.
10. He had 17 in the first half against the Wizards, shooting 7-of-9 overall
and missing just one of his four 3-point attempts.
The Pistons trailed 33-32 going into the second quarter and were down four
before a 21-6 run gave them the lead. Caldwell-Pope made two 3s and scored
eight points during the surge, which made it 60-49 Detroit.
The lead reached as high as 12 and was 63-53 at halftime despite the Wizards
shooting better than 51 percent.
Detroit outscored Washington 50-32 in the paint, 27-11 on second-chance points
and 24-10 in fast-break points ... The Wizards start a three-game homestand
Wednesday against Dallas ... The Pistons are off until Sunday's home game
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