WASHINGTON (AP) – Kyle Kuzma scored 17 of his 23 points in the third quarter, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope added 16, and Deni Avdija had a career-high 12 points and 15 rebounds as the Washington Wizards beat the Detroit Pistons to an eighth straight loss. , 103-94 on Monday night.
Saddiq Bey leads Detroit (12-45) with 24 points. Jeremi Grant scored 14 and Cade Cunningham, who leads NBA rookies in scoring, struggled for most of the game and finished with 12 points.
Washington (26-30), lost 9 of 11, led 75-74 on Ish Smith’s jump with 2:47 remaining in the third inning. Kuzma scored seven points in the final 80 seconds of the round as the Wizards led 87-78 after three.
The Pistons, without a goal for more than four minutes at the end of the fourth half, are leading 4-25.
In the first game since Detroit traded for him, Marvin Bagley III had 10 points, and collided with Washington’s Rui Hachimura early in the second quarter. Bagley was deemed fouled, Hachimura switched to a four-pointer and left the match later in the round with a sprained right ankle.
Pistons: G Frank Jackson was sidelined with a back injury. … C Luke Garza is on assignment in the G League. … Bagley hasn’t played since January 29, when he was with Sacramento.
Wizards: Coach Wes Unseld Jr hopes that F/C Kristaps Porzingis, acquired from Dallas last week, will be able to play before the All-Star break. Porzingis came out with a bruise on his right knee. “He does a little more every day on the floor,” says Unseld. “It’s a positive sign, but we still have to be careful with it. When the time is right, he is ready.” … C Daniel Gafford has gone beyond health and safety procedures, but is recovering, Unseld said.
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