Isaiah Stewart had a career-high 21 rebounds in the Detroit Pistons’ win Friday over the Oklahoma City Thunder. He followed it up with another career-high performance in Saturday’s back-to-back against the Washington Wizards.
Stewart was one of the Pistons’ best offensive options, in the paint and even beyond the arc, with a season-best 19 points, on 7-of-11 shooting, and he added 12 rebounds.
It wasn’t enough to keep the Pistons in the game, with an onslaught performance from the Wizards leading to a 121-100 Washington victory at Capital One Arena.
It’s the fifth loss in the last seven games for the Pistons (17-40), who got starters Cory Joseph, Jerami Grant and Mason Plumlee back after they missed Friday’s game.
The Wizards (23-33) led by six at halftime, but had a burst in the third quarter, with a lay-in by Russell Westbrook, who had a triple-double with 15 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists, and a 3-pointer by Bradley Beal (37 points), to pull ahead, 73-61, at the 7:46 mark.
Washington controlled the paint, with a 74-46 margin on points in the paint, including 15 points from Robin Lopez, who was 7-of-10 in the post. Center Alex Len, who started 4-of-4 in the first seven minutes, also was effective in the first half, before leaving because of an injury.
The Pistons couldn’t chip away at the lead, which grew to 17 after consecutive baskets by Ish Smith and Daniel Gafford and a 3-pointer by Beal, who made 4 of 6 from beyond the arc.
The Wizards shot 53% (50-of-94) from the field and the Pistons didn’t have an answer defensively for their All-Star guard tandem and their combination of Lopez and Gafford in the paint.
In the fourth quarter, the Pistons trimmed the lead to 93-82 after Frank Jackson opened with a lay-in, but the Wizards answered with an 11-2 run. The Pistons made another push but the Wizards created more space and pushed the lead to 23 after back-to-back 3-pointers by Smith and Beal and an alley-oop by Westbrook, for a 112-89 lead.
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