By wizards writer
Wednesday night, the Wizards defeated the Detroit Pistons, 102-97, for their third win in four preseason games. The matchup essentially served as the final test for the core players before the regular season; the team hosts a Chinese Basketball League opponent Friday. With that in mind, the starters, those who remained out of foul trouble, played more than 22 minutes.
The group consisting of Wall, Bradley Beal, Austin Rivers, Markieff Morris and Jeff Green closed out the game. Wall made all five of his shots in the fourth quarter and finished with his best performance of the preseason: 32 points (12 of 23 from the floor), nine assists, five rebounds and three steals.
With four seconds remaining, Wall drilled a midrange jumper to put the Wizards ahead by five. Though Wall’s offensive excellence sealed the game, Coach Scott Brooks believes the defensive work was just as stellar.
Detroit played its starting lineup — featuring Andre Drummond, Blake Griffin and Reggie Jackson — for the first time in the preseason and although the trio reached double figures, Washington held the team to just 35.6 percent...