December 28, 2013
Verizon Center, Washington, DC
If there was any question about the resiliency of this team, tonight’s game squashed that noise. The Wizards clawed their way to a comeback victory in Detroit on a night the Pistons looked destined to get revenge for the game on Saturday.
The turning point in this game came when the Wizards bench spearheaded a run in the 4th quarter scoring the first 11 points to finally regain the lead in the game for good. John Wall did the rest from there as he was sensational down the stretch & willed the Wizards to the win.
For most of the game, the Wizards were getting killed on the offensive glass. 2nd chance points kept the Pistons ahead of the Wizards with a sizable lead. Pistons starting front court combined for 15 offensive rebounds in the game. For a moment the Wizards became increasingly frustrated with the officiating & Marcin Gortat got a technical foul in the 3rd quarter.
The Wizards defense put the clamps on in the 4th quarter, allowing only 12 points for the Pistons in the quarter. Another bright spot in the game, Otto Porter had his best game as a pro, scoring a career high 7 points & made his first NBA free throw.
MVP: Trevor Ariza – 15 points, 4-6 3-PT, 6 asst, 5 reb, 3 stls
Talk about a stat line stuffer. Ariza spearheaded the Wizards’ 3rd quarter ambush, scoring 10 points. Three of his four 3’s also came during that stretch and the Wizards had stretched their lead up 28 before Otto subbed in for him. Much of Ariza’s production came credit to the ball movement as he found himself in comfortable spots on the floor and nailed most of his shots. Defensively, he just did what he does, disrupting passing lanes and grabbing steals, which helped open up the transition game.
LVP: Jan Vesely – 6 fouls in 8 minutes.
Six fouls in eight minutes. What do you want?
Key stat of the game: – 10 steals; outrebounding Detroit
These two stats amalgamate for one big factor: fast break points. Outrebounding Detroit along with the stingy takeaways, the Wizards were able to beat the Pistons in transition and get easy buckets. They totaled 19 points on the fast break.
Tweet of the night:
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— Conor Dirks (@ConorDDirks) December 29, 2013