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Wizards vs Pistons final score: Washington survives in the end with 97-95 win over Detroit

Nene scored a season-high 18 points and led the Wizards to first win in Detroit since 2013.

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The Wizards won the opening tip but fell behind after an 8-0 Detroit run. Otto Porter and the Wizards starters fired back with an 11-0 run of their own.  Prompting Stan Van Gundy to call timeout.  The Wizards did not slow down there. They extended the lead to 14 then general Wittman called for the second unit troops.

The Wizards blew the lead by halftime and played from behind most of the third period.

Otto Porter played great all night long on 6 of 12 shooting for 17 points.  Fortunately for Otto, the five-second violation on an inbound pass did not cost the Wizards the game.

The Washington Wizards beat the Detroit Pistons on their home floor for the first time since December 30, 2013.  Powered by Ramon Sessions 14 points, 9 assists, 4 rebounds and Nene's 18 points on 9 of 10 shooting, the Wizards bench scored 51 points and played most of the second half to keep the Wizards in it.

Four Wizards players scored in double figures and their names are not Bradley Beal and John Wall. Kris Humphries was held scoreless on the night.

What we noticed

The Return of Bradley Beal: Bradley Beal returned to the starting lineup but appeared rusty after missing a week or more of practice and finished with 7 points on the night. Certainly not the Bradley Beal we are all accustomed to.

Marquee Matchups: John Wall seemed to win the head to head matchup against Reggie Jackson at times, but encountered foul trouble, producing a lowly 8 points, 7 assists and 2 steals on the night. Reggie Jackson led all Piston scorers with 20 points and 9 assists.

Marcin Gortat got off to a hot start against Andre Drummond, and finished with 14 points and 8 rebounds. He was also part of the play of the game, scoring on this beautiful dish from Wall.

Battle of the Boards: The real shocker was the Wizards ability to limit Andre Drummond's offensive possessions and control the battle of the boards. The Washington Wizards outrebounded the Detroit Pistons 42-38, and produced 50 points in the paint.

The Washington Wizards have won their last 3 games and face the Indiana Pacers at home on Tuesday.