The Detroit Pistons entered Wednesday’s game with the Washington Wizards riding a three-game losing streak, but they were getting starting guard Brandon Knight back and they’ve had a certain measure of success against the Wizards this season. Specifically, a 3-0 record including wins by margins of 32, 9, and 11 points.
It all wouldn’t be quite that easy for the Pistons on this night, but a strong all-around team effort lead them to an eventual 96-95 win.
The return of Brandon Knight (knee) to the lineup proved to be a big boost for the offense. He shot 61% from the field en route to a career high 32 points to lead the charge for Detroit. Knight and Greg Monroe (26 points, 11 rebounds) lead the way in the scoring column, but it took a bigger effort from the collective group to record the win.
The Pistons made 39 field goals in this game, 35 of which came via an assist. Jose Calderon scored only six points, but finished with 18 of those assists against just one turnover — an offensive foul with under a minute to play in the game.
As a team the Pistons shot 54% from the field in total and 60% from three-point range.
The Pistons will travel to New Orleans to take on the Hornets on Friday at 8 PM ET.