Markieff Morris had what appeared to be the biggest play of the game, blocking a putback attempt from his brother, Marcus, to keep the Wizards ahead going into the final minute on Saturday.
But the Detroit Pistons had multiple shots on the final possession as Marcus Morris tipped in Tobias Harris’ shot for a 113-112 win to snap Washington’s four-game winning streak.
John Wall (19 points, 10 assists) posted his 26th double-double of the season followed by Markieff Morris (19 points, nine rebounds), Bradley Beal (17 points), Otto Porter (11 points, seven rebounds) and Marcin Gortat (12 points, seven rebounds) among the starters.
Jason Smith (season-high 16 points) and Kelly Oubre (11 points, two steals) led the bench.
Beal made two free throws to put the Wizards ahead 112-111 before the final sequences between the Morris brothers. It had erased a 16-point deficit in the third quarter.
Morris’ tip, however, draws the season series to 1-1 and the Wizards (23-20) have a final game on this three-game trip Monday at the Charlotte Hornets.
Marcus Morris (25 points, 11 rebounds) led Detroit, followed by Reggie Jackson (19 points, eight assists) and Tobias Harris (18 points, nine rebounds).
--The Wizards had a chance to take a three-point lead before Detroit had its final possession. Wall, however, dribbled out the clock and took a low percentage fadeaway over Jackson from deep that failed. Morris had popped to the top of the three-point arc to either face up Andre Drummond, who sagged deep into the paint to contain Wall’s driving.
--Beal’s shooting woes continued after shooting 4-for-14 and 4-for-13 in the Wizards’ previous two games. Detroit was physical. Beal was trucked by Jackson on a drive as he took a charge and had the back of his head slam to the floor. Then Beal was fouled by Harris on his arm on the fast break and clutched his left knee on the fall. Porter signaled for medical help but Beal was able to rise and make the key free throws late to put them ahead. Beal shot 4-for-17, including 0-for-7 from three despite having a lot of open looks. Beal is 1-for-21 from three in his last three games.
--Drummond (three points, 10 rebounds) was rendered a non-factor as he got into foul trouble early. He picked up his third foul by 5:44 of the second quarter. He only played 17 total minutes because he had five fouls.
--Coach Scott Brooks went with Oubre and Morris on the floor for the final possession rather than Gortat. Oubre was outmuscled on a switch by Drummond to create the extra shot attempts at the end. After Wall missed the final shot, the Pistons didn't call timeout to set up a play. They continued which prevented Brooks from going big again with a substitution. It was the right decision had they converted and taken a three-point lead. Meaning, they would've needed to defend the three-point line which was better achieved with Oubre on the floor.