Bradley Beal leads Washington Wizards in bounce-back win over Detroit Pistons, 115-99
By HOWARD FENDRICH
AP Sports Writer
WASHINGTON — Knowing he’s the on- and off-court leader of a revamped roster filled with youth and inexperience, Bradley Beal was pleased to see the way his Washington Wizards reacted to what he called “laying an egg.”
One game after a lackluster loss, the Wizards ended Detroit star Andre Drummond’s 20-20 streak and picked up their second victory of the young season, beating the depleted Pistons 115-99 in a half-empty arena Monday night.
“Still a lot of things we’ve got to work on, get better at,” said Beal, who had 22 points and six assists. “But it is definitely a good sign to see, after last game.”
Two nights earlier, Washington was beaten by 22 points at home by the Minnesota Timberwolves, who were missing the suspended Karl-Anthony Towns.
So what if Detroit was without Blake Griffin (left hamstring and knee), Derrick Rose (right hamstring) and Reggie Jackson (lower back)?
“It’s the NBA. There are no excuses,” Pistons coach Dwane Casey said. “We got enough guys in that room to compete, to fight.”
One key Monday was that Drummond did not continue to fill the stat sheet the way he has been.
Bidding to become the first player in at least 35 seasons to post four consecutive games with 20 or more points and 20 or more rebounds, he got there in one of the categories, finishing with 15 points and 24 rebounds. Drummond shot 6 of 20, going 1 of 8 in the fourth quarter as Washington pulled away.