The Washington Wizards defeated the Detroit Pistons on Monday afternoon 106-100 in a Martin Luther King Jr. Day matinee at home. Washington is now 6-0 on Monday games, so perhaps they should play more on the second day of the week!
Bradley Beal led Washington’s scorers with 29 points and 6 assists. Though his three-point shooting remains a bit off (2-of-7), he did shoot 10-of-21 from the field overall. His crossover and three on Andre Drummond was my favorite highlight of the game.
Beal also made some history in today’s game. He surpassed Wes Unseld as the Wizards’ fourth all-time leading career scorer.
Ian Mahinmi made a big impact today, keeping Drummond’s scoring down to 18 points, shooting a very ... Meessemanesque 9-of-10 from the field en route to a 21 point game! And I gotta say, Mahinmi has been on a hot streak lately and this game was no different. He scored his points in just 23 minutes and blocked 3 shots. If he didn’t foul out, I think Mahinmi would have broken his career-high 25 point game last December.
As for the game itself, the Wizards kept the Pistons in check, and were only behind early in first quarter. From there, Washington held Detroit to just 42.7 percent shooting from the field, which is really good, considering how poor their defense has been all season.
Washington goes back on the road this Wednesday, Jan. 22 to play against the Miami Heat. Tip off is at 7:30 p.m. ET.