Ailing Pistons look to score versus Wizards

The banged-up Detroit Pistons will try to win their second game in a row when they visit the Washington Wizards on Monday night.The Pistons pulled off a 113-109 win over the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday night despite being without a quartet of playmakers.Detroit was minus injured point guards Reggie Jackson (back), Derrick Rose (hamstring) and Tim Frazier (shoulder) as well as well as forward Blake Griffin, who missed his seventh game with left knee soreness.Rose could return against the Wizards and Griffin might join him as the Pistons complete a stretch of three games in four days.Against the Nets, second-year guard Bruce Brown made his first career start as a point guard and had 22 points and seven assists.Andre Drummond had 25 points and 20 rebounds, and Luke Kennard finished with 24 points, including a layup and two free throws in the final 30 seconds.”They were holding, grabbing him, not letting him come off of pin-downs,” coach Dwane Casey said of Kennard, his 23-year-old shooting guard. “That’s his next step of growth.”Drummond compiled at least 20 points and 20 rebounds for the third straight game and fourth time in seven games this season.Detroit did not commit a turnover in the second half.”Every win is a big one, but especially with some big leaders out for us, it’s huge,” Kennard said. “We’ve lost a couple now and we knew we needed one, no matter who was out. It says a lot about the group and the coaches.”The team learned on Saturday that Jackson will be out at least four weeks with a stress reaction in his back.The Wizards are suffering in a different kind of way: they can’t stop opponents from scoring.

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