Story By: Richard Thomas
Photos By: Sol Tucker
This could be the start of start of something good for the Wizards, a new face off the bench in Markeiff Morris and two solid victories at home before they hit the road for a game in Miami tomorrow night.
Wizard point guard John Wall was masterful in outplaying Reggie Jackson for the Pistons. Wall had 22 points, eight assists and eight rebounds. Jackson finished with 16 points and five assists.
Pistons center Andre Drummond scored 11 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, but the league’s leading rebounder failed to get an offensive rebound.
“He just didn’t put forth the energy he does on a lot of nights on the glass,” assistant coach Bob Beyer said. (Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy was unavailable after the game because of a “clothing issue,” according the Pistons spokesman Kevin Grigg. Leaving the arena, he appeared in sweats with his duffle bag heading for the bus.
For the Wizards they saw their first glimpse of the energy Morris could provide off the bench and it was great to see him battle in the second half against his brother Marcus Morris.
In a battle between twins, Wizards trade deadline acquisition Markieff Morris scored six points. His brother, Marcus, scored nine points for the Pistons.
Marcin Gortat scored 15 points and grabbed nine rebounds for the Wizards (25-28). Bradley Beal scored 17 points off the Wizards bench.
Van Gundy said he would simplify defensive coverages after yielding 100 or more points in 12 of 14 games going into the break.
For the Wizards, Head Coach Randy Wittman seemed pretty pleased with his squad tonight before the road trip.
“We made a few errors, but with John playing on top of his game and bench coming around tonight as well, it was great to pick up back to back wins at home,” said Wittman.