National Basketball Association
Washington 100, Detroit 97
When: 7:00 PM ET, Friday, March 25, 2022
Where: Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, Michigan
#25 Tony Brothers, #78 Evan Scott, #72 JT Orr
Kristaps Porzingis had 30 points and 10 rebounds, and the visiting Washington Wizards completed a four-game season series sweep of the Detroit Pistons with a 100-97 win on Friday.
Deni Avdija supplied 21 points, 10 rebounds and four assists for the Wizards (31-42). Rui Hachimura added 11 points for Washington, which won for just the second time in 10 games and overcame a 54-32 disadvantage in points in the paint.
Marvin Bagley III topped the Pistons with 25 points, adding five rebounds. Cade Cunningham had 22 points, nine assists and seven rebounds while Isaiah Stewart added 12 points and eight rebounds. Killian Hayes chipped in 10 points, six rebounds and four assists for Detroit (20-54).
The Pistons' leading scorer, Jerami Grant, suffered a calf strain in the first quarter and did not return.
Washington outscored Detroit 35-20 in the second quarter and led 60-44 at halftime.
Avdija led the way with 17 points, including three 3-pointers. Porzingis had 12 points by the break, while Bagley led the Pistons with 13 points. Detroit was held to 34.8 percent shooting.
The Pistons cut the deficit to 10 points in the first four minutes of the second half with Cunningham contributing four points and three assists during that span.
Washington was held to 19 points in the quarter but still led by nine, 79-70, entering the fourth.
Bagley's putback three minutes into the quarter pulled Detroit within 81-76. Bagley spun into the lane and scored again to make it 86-85 with seven minutes left. Rodney McGruder tied it at 88-all with 5:33 left on a 3-pointer.
A Saddiq Bey 3-pointer gave Detroit a 91-90 lead. Bagley followed with a dunk but the Wizards responded with a 6-0 spurt capped by a Porzingis dunk.
Cunningham hit two pullup jumpers but Porzingis answered with a mid-range shot to give Washington a 98-97 edge. Cunningham missed in the lane and Avdija hit two free throws. McGruder missed a 3-point shot on Detroit's last possession.
--Field Level Media
Top Game Performances
Kristaps Porzingis 30
Marvin Bagley III 25
Tomas Satoransky 6
Cade Cunningham 9
Deni Avdija 10
Isaiah Stewart 8
Kristaps Porzingis 5
||Free Throws Made
Marvin Bagley III 5
Kristaps Porzingis 2
Marvin Bagley III 2
Corey Kispert 2
Killian Hayes 3
Team Stats Summary
Detroit will play their next game at home against New York. The Pistons have a W/L % of .238 after a win and .283 after a loss.
Washington will play their next game at home against Golden State. The Wizards have a W/L % of .367 after a win and .465 after a loss.