Wizards outpace Pacers, Pistons blaze past Blazers
THE Washington Wizards are playing like contenders again as they took advantage of an out-of-sync Indiana Pacers team to pull off a 111-102 win with eight players scoring in double figures.
All-Star guard Bradley Beal scored 21 points and Kelly Oubre had 15 for the Wizards, who earned their season-best fifth straight victory on Monday.
“I thought everybody chipped in and played well,” Washington coach Scott Brooks said.
The Wizards are on a roll and they are beating good teams without All-Star guard John Wall. Since Wall went down with an injured left knee, Washington has won all its games. The latest victory also gave the Wizards their fourth in a row over the Pacers.
“John is such a key and valuable piece to our team,” Beal said. “He draws so much attention at what he brings to both ends of the floor, that’s kind of irreplaceable. It’s definitely a huge hit to us having him out, but we’ve been having some success. We’ve figured it out a little bit.”
While the Wizards were flying high, the Pacers weren’t themselves as they had their six-game home win streak halted.
With All-Star guard Victor Oladipo out with an illness and point guard Darren Collison out with a bad left knee, the Pacers never mustered a serious challenge.
Bojan Bogdanovic scored a season-high 29 points for the Pacers. Joe Young added 17.
In Detroit, Andre Drummond had 17 points and 17 rebounds, and the Pistons won their fourth straight, with a 111-91 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers.
Detroit has won three in a row since trading for Blake Griffin last week. Griffin led Detroit in scoring on Monday, but he had ample help on offense.
The victory moved the Pistons back to .500 and even with Philadelphia for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Griffin finished with 21 points and 9 rebounds. Anthony Tolliver added 15 points and Reggie Bullock and Langston Galloway had 13 points each.
Damian Lillard scored 20 points and CJ McCollum added 14 for the Blazers, who lost a heartbreaker at the buzzer to the Boston Celtics on Sunday.
Elsewhere, it was: Clippers 104, Mavericks 101; Magic 111, Heat 109; Jazz 133, Pelicans 109; Nuggets 121, Hornets 104; and Kings 104, Bulls 98.