The Washington Wizards beat the Detroit Pistons 109-91at Capital One Arena on Friday night. to move to 12-10 on the seaon.
Here's analysis of what went down...
The Detroit Pistons may be the surprise of the NBA season so far, but the Wizards have had their number. Even without John Wall, the Wizards were able to notch a double-digit victory thanks to a collective effort from their starting lineup and some key contributions from their bench.
Markieff Morris led the Wizards with a season-high 23 points, as five players reached double-figures. More on Morris in a bit.
That included Tomas Satoransky, who had a career-high 17 points (5-for-6 FG) and four assists. He still hasn't committed a turnover since Wall went down, with 22 assists along the way. That is a very good sign for the second-year pro and suggests he should get some playing time even when Wall returns.
Also worth noting: the Wizards were crushed in rebounds in their last game, 64-35 against the Sixers. Against the Pistons, they won the rebounding margin 48-32 and that was with Andre Drummond grabbing 16.
The Wizards are now 2-0 against the Pistons this season, meaning they will at worst tie them in their season head-to-head record. These two wins could come in handy down the road as playoff tiebreakers are determined first by head-to-head records. The Wizards, in fact, have won eight of their last 10 against Detroit.
The win was also a much-needed one for the Wizards, who had lost five of seven heading into the game. They are now 3-3 on the year without Wall, a strong mark all things considered. If they can play at a .500 pace while he's out, they will be in good shape. He's only expected to miss another week or two.
Keef Looked Much Better:
Before the game, head coach Scott Brooks said he sat down with Morris for a 1-on-1 film session, hoping to help the Wizards' forward break out of a recent slump.
Morris entered the game having averaged six points in his last three games. Immediately, Morris looked more confident in this one. He hit his first three shots, including a three-pointer.
Morris finished with seven rebounds, three assists and two blocks to go along with his season-high for points. He helped slow Tobias Harris, the Pistons' leading scorer who entered the game averaging 19.1 points and 5.5 rebounds. He had 15 points and two boards in this one.
Markieff Morris slams it home on the fastbreak. pic.twitter.com/gCxfw7fcQD— NBC Sports Wizards (@NBCSWizards) December 2, 2017
Glasses On, Glasses Off:
After getting examined by an eye doctor on Thursday, Bradley Beal was cleared to play but with the recommendation to wear goggles. So, he did.
Beal's new look, however, didn't last. Beal ditched the goggles in the second quarter, as he was apparently bothered by them. Whether it was the goggles or not, Beal had an up-and-down night, perhaps because he was matched up with Pistons guard Avery Bradley, one of the best perimeter defenders in the NBA.
Beal finished with 10 points.
He looked like his usual self for the most part, but the Pistons' defense did a good job sticking with him off screens and bumping off him off his preferred shooting spots. The Wizards were able to overcome his low scoring output to get the win.
The Wizards announced the name of their new G-League affiliate at the end of the first quarter.
They will be known as the Capital City Go-Go when they begin their inaugural 2018-19 season. Not bad, right? Mayor Muriel Bowser was on hand along with Wizards owner Ted Leonsis.
The Wizards are off this weekend before heading out on a five-game road trip.
They begin at the Utah Jazz on Monday night. Tipoff is at 9 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.