Pistons beat the Wizards 96-87, snapping an 8-game skid

Fri, Mar 29, 2024
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Pistons beat the Wizards 96-87, snapping an 8-game skid

WASHINGTON (AP) - Cade Cunningham scored 33 points, Jalen Duren had 20 points and 18 rebounds and Detroit snapped an eight-game losing streak with a victory over Washington on Friday night.

The Pistons blew a 19-point halftime lead but recovered in the matchup of the NBA's bottom two teams. Washington (14-60) still leads Detroit (13-61) by a game in the standings after the teams completed a split of their four-game season series - with the road team winning each game.

Corey Kispert scored 23 points for the Wizards, who trailed 59-40 after an abysmal first half but came all the way back to lead by one after scoring the first six points of the fourth quarter. Detroit missed its first nine shots of the fourth but quickly went back ahead and led 89-83 after a three-point play by Cunningham.


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Stephen Curry scored 23 points with four 3-pointers in his annual Charlotte homecoming game and Golden State beat Detroit for their third straight win.

Andrew Wiggins turned in another strong game with 20 points, eight rebounds and eight assists and Trayce Jackson-Davis added 18 points for the Warriors, who entered the game in 10th place in the Western Conference standings and battling the Houston Rockets for a spot in the play-in tournament.

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Miles Bridges had 22 points and nine rebounds to lead Charlotte, which failed in its bid to win back-to-back games for the first time since the All-Star break.

The Warriors broke open a tight game at halftime by outscoring the Hornets 39-26 in the third quarter behind 12 points from Curry and seven from Wiggins.


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Pascal Siakam finished with 22 points and 11 rebounds, Tyrese Haliburton added 21 points, eight assists and eight rebounds and Indiana Pacers beat the Los Angeles Lakers in a pivotal game for both teams' playoff aspirations.

Indiana has won four of six to retain the No. 6 seed in the Eastern Conference, with the latest victory giving Rick Carlisle career win No. 938 to tie Red Auerbach for 12th in NBA history.

Injured All-Stars LeBron James (left ankle) and Anthony Davis (left knee) both started and played like perennial All-Stars as the Lakers tried to improve their playoff positioning from the No. 9 seed in the West.

Davis finished with 24 points and 15 rebounds, while James had 16 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists. Austin Reaves added 16 points and 13 rebounds on a night the Lakers went 5 of 29 on 3-pointers and committed 16 turnovers, five by James.


ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Kawhi Leonard and Paul George hit jump shots in the final seconds and the Los Angeles Clippers beat Orlando.

Leonard, who scored 25 of his 29 points in the second half, put the Clippers ahead with a mid-range jumper with 34 seconds left. George scored with five seconds to play before Orlando's Franz Wagner missed a couple of 3-point attempts just before the buzzer to finish the Clippers' fourth straight road win.

Paolo Banchero led Orlando with 23 points and eight rebounds, but had two of his seven turnovers late in the game.

Jalen Suggs scored 15 for the Magic and Moritz Wagner came off the bench for 12 points and nine rebounds.

It was the third straight loss for the Magic.

NETS 125, BULLS 108

NEW YORK (AP) - Dennis Schroder and Mikal Bridges each made seven 3-pointers, and Brooklyn tied an NBA record by making 18 3s in the second half of their victory over Chicago.

Cam Thomas scored 28 points and Schroder added 27 for the Nets, who made 25 3s overall and finished 18 of 24 (75%) in the second half, when they outscored the Bulls 78-56. Bridges had 25 points.

Nic Claxton finished with 11 points and 13 rebounds for the Nets, who have won their last three games after losing six straight.

Brooklyn shot 47% from the field and nearly 57% behind the arc.

DeMar DeRozan had 31 points and Coby White scored 18 for the Bulls, who have lost four of their last five games.

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