WASHINGTON (AP) — Just when it looked as if Washington's defense was going the cost the team a victory, the Wizards found a way to hold on.
Bradley Beal scored 30 points, and Washington held...
Brooklyn Nets (21-26, seventh in the Eastern Conference) vs. Washington Wizards (16-31, 10th in the Eastern Conference)
Charlotte Hornets (16-31, 11th in the Eastern Conference) vs. Washington Wizards (15-31, 12th in the Eastern Conference)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Chants of “M-V-P!” flooded the arena as Ish Smith — yes, the 31-year-old reserve guard of 11 NBA teams across 10 seasons — stepped to the line for a pair of free throws in the...
WASHINGTON (AP) — The short-handed Washington Wizards took down one of the NBA’s top teams thanks to their reserves for the second time in a week.
Chicago Bulls (10-19, 11th in the Eastern Conference) vs. Washington Wizards (8-17, 12th in the Eastern Conference)
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Pistons are still clinging to the final spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs thanks to their biggest second-half comeback in three decades.
Orlando Magic (37-38, eighth in the Eastern Conference) vs. Detroit Pistons (37-37, seventh in the Eastern Conference)
DETROIT (AP) — All too often this season, the Detroit Pistons' offense has devolved into throwing Blake Griffin the ball and watching whatever happens.
MIAMI (AP) — If there's been an area of concern for Detroit coach Dwane Casey in this playoff push, it's been the play of the Pistons' second unit.
DETROIT (AP) — Andre Drummond left Detroit's game against Miami on Friday night with a nasal injury after he was hit in the face by an opponent's arm.
James Johnson of the Heat caught Drummond in the face in the first half, and the Detroit big man left after playing only 7:14. Drummond is not expected to return.
Ish Smith, a backup point guard for Detroit, also left because of adductor tightness. Smith was in his third game back after missing 19 because of a right adductor tear.
DETROIT (AP) — Milwaukee Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon is out for a second straight game because of left hamstring soreness.
Ersan Ilyasova is also missing Monday night's game at Detroit with a nose contusion. The Pistons are without guard Ish Smith (right adductor tear), forward Glenn Robinson III (left ankle sprain) and forward Henry Ellenson (left ankle sprain).
DETROIT (AP) — The Philadelphia 76ers are resting center Joel Embiid for their game at Detroit.
It's the first game all season that Embiid is missing. Coach Brett Brown says he thinks it's the right move for the long run.
Embiid was drafted in 2014 but has only played 120 NBA games because of injury problems. He shot 5 of 17 from the field in a loss at Toronto on Wednesday night.
DETROIT (AP) — Golden State got Stephen Curry back on Saturday night.
Even that wasn't enough for the Warriors against Detroit's Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond.
Griffin scored 26 points and Drummond added 16 points and 19 rebounds as the Pistons extended their winning streak to five games with a 111-102 victory over the Warriors.
"That's obviously a great win," Griffin said. "You could tell by the crowd and the atmosphere tonight that we were facing a big team, and we protected our home floor."
CHICAGO (AP) — Blake Griffin was having a big game and he had just hit a key 3-pointer on his previous attempt.
Still, the perennial All-Star had no problem deferring to a reserve for a potential game-winning shot Saturday night.
Griffin had 33 points and 12 rebounds, Ish Smith scored all 15 of his points in the second half, including the decisive basket, and the Detroit Pistons beat the Bulls 118-116 in Chicago's home opener.
DETROIT (AP) — Spencer Dinwiddie hit the big shot against a familiar foe.
Dinwiddie's jumper with 0.9 seconds left lifted the Brooklyn Nets over Detroit 101-100 Sunday, the Pistons' fifth straight loss.
After a basket by Andre Drummond put the Pistons ahead with 4.7 seconds left, Dinwiddie took the inbounds pass, drove to 14 feet and drained a jumper against his former teammates.
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Detroit Pistons point guard Reggie Jackson is out for at least six to eight weeks with a sprained right ankle.
Jackson was injured after making a jump pass and landing awkwardly Tuesday night in a win over the Indiana Packers.
He is averaging 14.6 points, ranking third on the team, and leads the Pistons with 5.5 assists per game. Jackson was limited to 52 games last season, largely due to a knee injury.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Another second-half collapse, another round of questions about Oklahoma City's finishing power.
After dominating defending NBA champion Golden State from start to finish two days earlier, the Thunder wasted a big lead in a 99-98 loss to the Detroit Pistons on Friday night.
Oklahoma City had a 10-point lead at the half and was up 15 midway through the third quarter before the Pistons stormed back, led by center Andre Drummond and bench players Ish Smith and Langston Galloway.
HOUSTON (AP) — The Detroit Pistons gave some of their young and seldom-used players a chance to play Friday night, and it helped them beat the Houston Rockets.
Boban Marjanovic, Detroit's 7-foot-3 backup center, led the Pistons with a career-high 27 points with 12 rebounds off the bench and Stanley Johnson hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 32.4 seconds left before adding two free throws to lift the Pistons to the 114-109 victory Friday night.
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Pistons made a crucial stand to keep their dwindling playoff hopes alive.
Marcus Morris had 28 points and 13 rebounds, and Ish Smith hit the go-ahead 3-pointer late in the fourth quarter, helping the Pistons beat the Brooklyn Nets 90-89 on Thursday night.
NEW YORK (AP) — Just in time to delay playoff elimination, the New York Knicks showed they have some spunk left.
"Guys, they keep playing, keep fighting," coach Jeff Hornacek.
The Detroit Pistons better hurry up and do the same.
Derrick Rose scored 27 points, Kristaps Porzingis had 25 and New York handed the Pistons another damaging defeat with a 109-95 victory Monday night.
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — This season has been a struggle for Reggie Jackson, the point guard in whom the Detroit Pistons have invested so much.
"At times, you start feeling sorry for yourself," Jackson said. "You can't do that. You've just got to go out here and play — good, bad or indifferent."
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Pistons rallied for another win after trailing by double digits.
"That's not a good formula," coach Stan Van Gundy said. "I applaud our resilience. ... To be good, I'd like to play a more solid game from beginning to end."
Marcus Morris scored a career-high 37 points, including Detroit's first seven in overtime, and the Pistons rallied from a 13-point, third-quarter deficit to beat the Portland Trail Blazers 120-113 on Tuesday night.
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Reggie Jackson scored 22 points, Jon Leuer added 20 and the Detroit Pistons beat the Dallas Mavericks 98-91 Wednesday night.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had 16 points, Tobias Harris 13 and Ish Smith 10 for the Pistons, led by 27 at halftime before holding on for the win. Detroit outrebounded Dallas 56-36, led by Marcus Morris' 13, Andre Drummond's 11 and Aron Baynes' 11.
TORONTO (AP) — Despite missing 10 of his first 11 3-point shots, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope showed little hesitation when another opportunity presented itself on Sunday night.
Receiving the ball from Ish Smith with 13.2 seconds remaining, Caldwell-Pope drilled just his second 3-pointer of the night to cap a 16-point fourth-quarter comeback and lead the Detroit Pistons to a 102-101 win over the Toronto Raptors.
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — In the long run, Andre Drummond and Reggie Jackson are going to be the most important players on the Detroit roster.
Tuesday, though, they were spectators.
Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy went with his bench in the fourth quarter against the Bulls, and they outscored Chicago 31-19 to pull out a 102-91 victory.
ATLANTA (AP) — Point guard Ish Smith has the Detroit Pistons talking to each other on the court, moving the ball fluidly and getting stops on defense.
The result has been an impressive run against quality opponents.
"We were just flying around," Smith said. "That's going to be the key for us going forward, just constantly getting better defensively. If we can do that, then we'll be pretty good."
BOSTON (AP) — The Detroit Pistons' relaxed attitude is finally paying off with some road wins.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 25 points and Tobias Harris had 21 to lead balanced scoring that carried the Pistons to a 121-114 win over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night.
Andre Drummond added 20 points and 17 rebounds, one night after he was ejected in the second quarter of a victory at Charlotte for a flagrant-2 foul.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Detroit Pistons could have folded when center Andre Drummond was ejected in the second quarter.
Instead, they rallied for a lopsided win with their talented big man in the locker room, routing the tired-looking Charlotte Hornets 112-89 on Tuesday night.
Harris scored 24 points and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Marcus Morris each had 18 points to lead the Pistons. Ish Smith added 13 points, including two coast-to-coast layups to ignite his team in the third quarter.
DENVER (AP) — A quick start and timely baskets down the stretch ended Detroit's early season woes on the road.
Tobias Harris scored 19 points, Marcus Morris had 17 and the Pistons beat the Denver Nuggets 106-95 on Saturday night for their first win of the season away from home.