WASHINGTON (AP) — Kyle Kuzma scored 21 points and Thomas Bryant added 16, and the Washington Wizards won their 14th straight home meeting with Detroit, holding off the Pistons 116-113 on Tuesday night.
It’s the longest home winning streak against any team in franchise history. The Wizards pulled within a game of idle Charlotte for 10th place in the Eastern Conference.
Jerami Grant scored 26 points for Detroit, which had a chance to tie on its final possession. Saddiq Bey missed from the perimeter, and after an offensive rebound, Killian Hayes missed a 3-pointer.
The Pistons rallied from a 12-point deficit in the fourth quarter, tying the game at 104 on Bey’s two free throws with 3:37 left. Washington answered with six straight points. Kuzma gave the Wizards the lead back with two free throws, then Kentavious Caldwell-Pope added a layup.
After Kuzma blocked Cade Cunningham’s layup attempt, Bryant threw down an alley-oop dunk at the other end.
Detroit again fought back within one, but Cunningham was called for a foul and replay upheld it. That sent Kuzma to the line with 35 seconds left, and he made both shots. After a follow shot by Isaiah Stewart made it 114-113, Tomas Satoransky made two free throws for Washington.
The Pistons led 85-79 near the end of the third quarter after a 9-0 run capped by Grant’s 3-pointer. Washington then scored the game’s next 18 points.
Rui Hachimura made consecutive 3s to tie it, and a dunk by Bryant gave the Wizards an 87-85 lead at the end of the quarter. Washington then scored the first 10 points of the fourth. Another 3-pointer by Hachimura put the Wizards up 97-85.
Pistons: Detroit had a chance to win four of five for the first time all season but came up short. ... The Pistons shot 2 of 13 from 3-point range in the second half and 8 of 27 for the game. ... Cunningham had 20 points, including an impressive dunk along the baseline in the third quarter.
Wizards: Caldwell-Pope scored 15 points against the team that drafted him.
Pistons: At Toronto on Thursday night.
Wizards: Host Atlanta on Friday night.