Wizards beat Pistons for 14th straight at home, 116-113 – CBS Baltimore

WASHINGTON (AP) – Kyle Kuzma scored 21 points and Thomas Bryant added 16, and the Washington Wizards took their 14th straight home win against Detroit, holding the Pistons 116-113 on Tuesday night.

It’s the longest home win streak against any team in franchise history. The Wizards took 10th place in the Eastern Conference in a game when Charlotte was idle.

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Jerami Grant scored 26 points for Detroit, the team had a chance to draw at last possession. Saddiq Bey missed from the box, and after a strike back, Killian Hayes missed by 3 points.

The Pistons rebounded from a 12-point shortfall in the fourth quarter, finishing the game 104th on Bey’s two free throws with 3:37 left. Washington responded with six straight points. Kuzma gave the Wizards the lead with two free throws, then Kentavious Caldwell-Pope added a throw-in.

After Kuzma blocked Cade Cunningham’s attempt to shake, Bryant threw down a small alley in a different ending.

“It’s been a huge event for us and a great thing for me, so I’m really happy about that,” Bryant said. “Just seeing the defensive play that Kuz plays in that moment, to get that block for us, get us out there in transition, has really helped us.”

Detroit again hit back in round one, but Cunningham was ordered to foul and rematch. That sent Kuzma to the line with just 35 seconds left, and he took both shots. After Isaiah Stewart’s next shot made it 114-113, Tomas Satoransky made two free throws for Washington.

The Pistons led 85-79 near the end of the third quarter after taking a 9-0 lead by Grant’s 3-pointer. Washington then scored the next 18 points of the game.

“It was the disappointment of the night,” said Detroit coach Dwane Casey. “It’s just that there’s no defensive intensity, and we can’t score at the other end either.”

Rui Hachimura made 3s in a row to tie it up, and a Bryant trick put the Wizards ahead 87-85 late in the round. Washington then scored the first 10 out of fourth. Another 3 pointer from Hachimura puts the Wizards up to 97-85.

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“He is confident in his shot. He works on it,” coach Wes Unseld Jr. of Washington said. “He was ready to shoot, he shot accurately. When you do those two things, the ball will find you.”

Illnesses

Marvin Bagley III (sprained left ankle) missed the second straight game for Detroit.

The Wizards are trying to chase a playoff spot without Bradley Beal (left wrist surgery) and Kristaps Porzingis (right knee bone bruise).

CAT

Pistons: Detroit had a chance to win 4/5 for the first time all season but failed. … The Pistons fired 2 out of 13 shots from 3-point in the second half and 8 of 27 for the game. … Cunningham has 20 points, including an impressive dunk along the baseline in the third quarter.

Mage: Caldwell-Pope scored 15 points against the team that drafted him.

NEXT

Pistons: In Toronto on Thursday night.

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Wizards: Hosts Atlanta on Friday night.

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