WASHINGTON (AP) — John Wall had 15 points and 12 assists, and the Washington Wizards routed the Detroit Pistons 124-81 Monday night to snap a five-game skid and gain ground in the playoff race.
Nene scored a season-high 20 points off the bench to lead seven Wizards players in double figures during Washington’s biggest win and Detroit’s worst loss of the season.
Bradley Beal added 12 points in his return after missing three games with a sprained pelvis, helping the 10th-place Wizards close within 2 1/2 games of a playoff spot.
Chicago (33-32) leads Detroit (34-33) by a percentage point for the eighth and final Eastern Conference berth.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 18 points for the Pistons, who fell to 0-3 against the Wizards and have allowed 110 or more points in three straight games.