Magical Pixels, Wizards vs. Pistons: Maybe just don't let Washington know when it's at .500?

Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

Apparently this team just can't deal with the notion of being a winning club.

John Wall showed up, but evidently the notion of being above-average is just too much for the rest of the Washington Wizards, who once again fell below .500 with a 104-98 home loss Saturday night against the Detroit Pistons. A thrilling win over the Miami Heat means a whole lot less when you drop home games against teams you should beat (the Pistons entered the game 16-23, and were coming off an embarrassing 110-89 home loss to the Utah Jazz).

Wall nearly carried the Wizards to win by himself, scoring 34 points on an especially-strong shooting night that saw him go 15-of-23 from the field and sink both of his three-point attempts. Don't look now, but Wall is shooting 33 percent from three on the season. Sustainable?

Meanwhile, Bradley Beal had a game he and Wizards fans would love to forget. He scored seven points on an atrocious 2-for-14 shooting night, which included a 1-for-7 mark from three. Trevor Ariza was equally bad, shooting 1-for-7 and finishing with seven points. Nene chipped in with 14 points but didn't make his typical impact defensively, and Marcin Gortat recorded a double-double (10 points, 12 rebounds) and his plus-7 was a team-high. Martell Webster was the only one of Wall's perimeter shooters to have a decent game, as he finished with 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting (3-for-5 from three).

Washington will try to get back to .500 yet again with a Monday afternoon tilt against the Philadelphia 76ers.


Home team recaps: BF StoryStreamWashington PostAP | CSN Washington (recapWall sidebarBeal sidebar) | Wiz of AwesWizards.comMonumental Network

Road team recaps: Detroit Bad Boys | Detroit Free Press (gamersidebar) | The Detroit News | MLive (gamersidebar) | Piston PoweredLife On

Game highlights

Postgame interviews: Randy WittmanJohn WallBradley BealMartell WebsterTrevor Ariza


14 - Combined shooting percentage of Bradley Beal and Trevor Ariza against the Pistons. Beal shot 2-of-14 (1-of-7 from three), while Ariza went 1-for-7 (1-for-4 from three). Woof.

14 - The Pistons' scoring advantage in the paint, where they outscore the Wizards 52-38.



This was almost worth the loss. Almost.



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