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Detroit Pistons

Pistons edge Wizards to snap losing run behind huge 23-2 third quarter run

The Detroit Pistons snapped their two-game losing skid with a 106-95 win over the Washington Wizards at Little Caesars Arena.

Blake Griffin led the way with 23 points, nine rebounds and six assists, while Langston Galloway continued his recent run of form with 22 points off the bench.

Andre Drummond recorded a 16-point, 11-rebound double-double as the Pistons move to .500 on the season at 16-16.

Detroit went into the half trailing 55-54 and quickly turned the game on its head in the third quarter, exploding on a 23-2 run to take control of the contest, leading by as many as 22 points in the period.

Holding a comfortable 85-72 lead going into the fourth quarter, the Pistons nearly gave the game away, turning the ball over 12 times in the final 12 minutes, inviting the Wizards right back into the game.

Not only were they coughing the ball up, when they had it, they struggled to get their offence going, missing a ton of three-point attempts down the stretch as Washington closed the gap to just 96-93 with 3:04 remaining.

Reggie Jackson, who finished with 19 points and six assists, held his nerve late as the Pistons scored 10 straight points, with Jackson scoring six, all from the free throw line. Andre Drummond knocked down two at the line and Griffin threw down a dunk to ice the game.

It was a much-needed win for Dwane Casey's men, who had lost nine of their past 11 games and now embark on a four-game road trip, starting in Indiana on Saturday.

For the Wizards, John Wall had 21 points, eight assists and seven rebounds and Bradley Beal added 21 points as they now fall to 13-22 on the season, bringing their road record to 4-16.

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