Monroe, Pistons drop woeful Wizards
Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) - Greg Monroe led five Pistons in double- figures with 15 points and also grabbed nine rebounds to lead Detroit to a 100-68 wire-to-wire win over the Washington Wizards on Friday.
Brandon Knight also dropped in 15 and Andre Drummond had 11 points and career-highs with 14 rebounds and five blocked shots for the Pistons, who but the brakes on a six-game losing skid. Rodney Stuckey had 11 points and Kyle Singler added 10 in the win.
"He's done a great job of coming in and playing with a lot of energy, doing what the coaches ask him to do," Monroe said of Drummond. "He controlled the boards and he controlled the paint. He's only going to get better, but I'm not surprised with anything he's doing right now."
Jordan Crawford scored a game-high 20 points while Martell Webster and Kevin Seraphin scored 10 apiece for the Wizards, who fell to an NBA-worst 3-21.
"That was an embarrassment, and I apologize to our ownership and to our fans," Washington head coach Randy Wittman said. "I especially apologize to anyone who watched that entire game. I would have turned it off after the first five minutes."
Detroit opened up a 29-14 lead after the first 12 minutes after holding the Wizards to just 26.1 percent shooting the frame. The Pistons were led by Knight offensively as he dropped in 11 of his 15 points in the period.
The Pistons pushed their cushion to 53-34 at the break after outscoring the Wizards 24-20 in the second. They pushed the spread to 77-51 entering the final period.
Detroit's lead swelled to as many as 34 in the final frame as the Pistons cruised to their first win since Dec. 8.
Although the Pistons struggled from the field, converting on just 38-of-90 field goal attempts, they were able to limit the Pistons to just 32.9 percent (28-for-35) effect from the floor.
The Pistons forced 13 turnovers which led to 17 points ... Detroit outscored Washington 44-34 in points in the paint ... The Pistons also had 24 second- chance points while limiting the Wizards to seven on second-opportunities.