As the Wizards struggled through the first three quarters against the Pistons Monday night in Detroit, they didn't seemed rattled. The players' heads never dropped even as the Wizards fell behind by as many as 12 points and struggled to get rebounds and stops on defense. The Wizards stayed the course and in the fourth quarter dominated to secure a 106-99 win and a 14-14 record.
Wizards storm back. LISTEN:
Down by nine points at the start of the fourth quarter, the Wizards went on an 11-0 run to take a 89-87 lead with 9:04 left in the game. The Wizards' rally was triggered by players off the bench including Garrett Temple, Otto Porter, Martell Webster, Nene and Kevin Seraphin.
"We played with heart and played simple. You can do all the drills you want to play defense, but at the end of the day it all relies on how much heart you have. We took it to them first and we were able to respond, come down on the offensive end and execute. It worked out in our favor."
Nene makes it happen. LISTEN:
Webster's surge. LISTEN:
After the Wizards bench made plays on offense and shut down the Pistons on defense to start the fourth quarter, it was up to Wall and company to complete the journey. Wall scored seven of his 29 points over the final 3:38.
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The Wizards out scored the Pistons 28-12 in the fourth quarter and held them to 3 of 15 shooting from the field over the final 12 minutes.
The Wizards believe in each other.