WASHINGTON (AP) — Bradley Beal scored 29 points, Ian Mahinmi added 21 and the Washington Wizards broke a three-game losing streak with a 106-100 win over the Detroit Pistons on Monday.
Beal passed Wes Unseld for fourth place on the team’s career scoring list.
Derrick Rose led Detroit with 21 points while Andre Drummond had 18 points and 16 rebounds. The Pistons were trying to three games in a row for the first time this season.
There were 10 lead changes, four in succession early in the fourth quarter, and Davis Bertans’ 3-pointer with 9:02 to play gave the Wizards the lead for good.
Washington scored nine straight points to go up 95-87 with 7:06 to play. The last two points in the run came on free throws by Bertans after Pistons forward Markieff Morris was assessed a flagrant 2 foul and ejected.
Detroit has lost 10 straight games in Washington.
Pistons: G Reggie Jackson, who hasn’t played since the second game of the season because of a back injury, should be able to play this week, coach Dwane Casey said. “He’s been practicing dunking on people and talking more than anybody else.”
In advance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Pistons visited the National Museum of African American History and Culture on Sunday night.
Wizards: C Anzejs Pasecniks sprained his left ankle in practice Sunday and missed the game.
G Jordan McRae, who twisted his left ankle early in Friday’s loss at Toronto, scored seven points.
G Garrison Mathews (ankle) missed his sixth straight game and will likely miss another two weeks, coach Scott Brooks said.
Brooks contends his team has a shot at the playoffs. “Sixth, seventh and eight spots, they’re not killing it.,” Brooks said. “They’re in the playoffs right now, and there are a lot of teams that are still fighting for those spots.”
Pistons: Begin a four-game homestand against Sacramento on Wednesday.
Wizards: Begin a four-game road trip against Miami on Wednesday.
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