Detroit Pistons run win streak to 4 games with 121-112 victory over Washington
By NOAH TRISTER
AP Sports Writer
DETROIT — The Detroit Pistons are enjoying one of their best stretches of the season, and the reason why is no surprise.
Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond are rolling.
Drummond had 32 points and 17 rebounds, and Griffin had 31 points, nine rebounds and nine assists to lift the Pistons to a 121-112 victory over the Washington Wizards on Monday night. Detroit has won four in a row, one shy of its longest winning streak of the season.
“It’s incredible. They’re playing the way we obviously need them to play,” said Luke Kennard, who added 15 points for the Pistons. “Obviously, Dre in the last couple games has been unbelievable. Reggie (Jackson) the past couple weeks has been great for us. Obviously, Blake all year has been really, really consistent.”
Griffin scored 20 points in the first half for the Pistons, who haven’t lost since blowing a 25-point lead in a home defeat against the Los Angeles Clippers on Feb. 2. Detroit began Monday tied with Miami for the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
The Wizards, who are without injured John Wall and Dwight Howard, traded Otto Porter Jr. away last week. Nevertheless, they came into the game on a two-game winning streak.
Griffin and Drummond have averaged 26 points apiece during Detroit’s streak.
“We knew their power at the 4 and the 5 — they are as strong as anyone in the league at those two spots,” Wizards coach Scott Brooks said.