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Wizards pull off impressive win over Pistons to bounce back from tough loss

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Wizards pull off impressive win over Pistons to bounce back from tough loss

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...

Impressive Win:
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.

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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.

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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.

Let's Go-Go:
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.

You can find the logos right here.

Up Next:
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.

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NBC Sports Washington's Chase Hughes reveals his 2018 NBA All-Star ballot

NBC Sports Washington's Chase Hughes reveals his 2018 NBA All-Star ballot

The 2018 NBA All-Star starters have been announced with few surprises based on the previous updates we saw from fan voting, which account for 50 percent of the equation. The other 50 percent is split by players and media.

I had the honor of filling out one of the media ballots before the Jan. 15 deadline and in interest of transparency, here is how I voted with some brief reasoning for why:

EASTERN CONFERENCE

G Kyrie Irving, Celtics

Irving is the best player on the top team in the conference. He is scoring like he always has, but is now expanding his game under coach Brad Stevens.

G Bradley Beal, Wizards

Beal has turned into one of the best scorers in the NBA and now does so many more things. It wasn't an easy pick between him, DeMar DeRozan, John Wall and Victor Oladipo, but Beal has been so valuable to the Wizards this season with Wall missing extended time that he got the nod.

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F LeBron James, Cavs

LeBron remains the best player in basketball and is having one of his best seasons at the age of 33. It's incredible to watch and he is deserving of the most votes.

F Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks

Giannis is a bonafide star and is among the most versatile players in the NBA with how he can affect the game on both ends of the floor. Even without a three-point shot, he's completely unstoppable on offense.

F Joel Embiid, Sixers

Embiid is proving he can stay on the court (for the most part) and is putting up crazy numbers. Kristaps Porzingis and others got consideration for this spot, but Embiid edged them out with his rebounding.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE

G Russell Westbrook, Thunder

His scoring is down from last season, but Westbrook tops the NBA in assists per game and things are starting to click in Oklahoma City with him leading the way.

G James Harden, Rockets

The NBA's leading scorer, Harden is still putting up insane numbers despite co-existing with another star guard in Chris Paul. And the Rockets are really, really good.

F Kevin Durant, Warriors

The best player on the league's best team, Durant is currently fifth in points per game and tied for third in blocks. He is incredibly efficient and does so many things well.

F Anthony Davis, Pelicans

Davis continues to put up impressive numbers, but he's now more efficent than ever. The Pelicans are currently sixth in the West, too.

F Karl-Anthony Towns, Timberwolves

Towns has become almost underrated with all the attention placed on other young stars in the league, but he's as good as any of them. Big KAT has the T'Wolves on track to make the playoffs for the first time since 2004.

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2018 NBA All-Star Game: LeBron James, Steph Curry named captains; Wall and Beal miss cut for starters

2018 NBA All-Star Game: LeBron James, Steph Curry named captains; Wall and Beal miss cut for starters

The NBA announced the starters for next month's 2018 All-Star Game and once again LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers was the top vote-getter.

Stephen Curry of the Warriors was second in votes, meaning he and James will serve as captains and pick teams for the Feb. 18 showcase.

Neither John Wall or Bradley Beal of the Wizards made the cut as starters, so they will have to hope to make it as reserves by NBA coaches. The full rosters are announced on Tuesday, Jan. 23.

For the starters, fans accounted for 50 percent of the vote with players and media each representing 25 percent. 

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Here are the starters from each conference. Keep in mind these groups will be split up once the captains pick their teams:

EASTERN CONFERENCE ALL-STAR STARTERS

G Kyrie Irving, Celtics -- 2,170,833 fan votes (5th All-Star appearance)

G DeMar DeRozan, Raptors -- 998,999 fan votes (4th)

F LeBron James, Cavs -- 2,638,294 fan votes (14th)

F Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks -- 2,530,211 fan votes (2nd)

F Joel Embiid, Sixers -- 1,285,587 fan votes (1st)

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WESTERN CONFERENCE ALL-STAR STARTERS

G Stephen Curry, Warriors -- 2,379,494 fan votes (5th All-Star appearance)

G James Harden, Rockets -- 1,486,830 fan votes (6th)

F Kevin Durant, Warriors -- 2,238,406 fan votes (9th)

F Anthony Davis, Pelicans -- 1,088,230 fan votes (4th)

F DeMarcus Cousins, Pelicans -- 922,269 fan votes (4th)

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