Blake Griffin had 20 of his 31 points in the first half for the Pistons, who haven't lost since blowing a 25-point lead in a home defeat against the Los Angeles Clippers on February 2.
Another player who seems to feel increasingly comfortable with his role in the team and it shows, is Jackson, who has nearly a month averaging excellent numbers in points, assists and field goal percentage, compared to what he had been doing since the beginning of the season until recent games. Griffin has averaged 27 points and 8.1 rebounds while shooting 49.6 percent over the last 10 games for Detroit.
In addition to that, he's coming off his best game of the season against the New York Knicks (and DeAndre Jordan), in which he scored 29 points and grabbed 20 rebounds, achieving his ninth 20-20 game this season (leads NBA).
Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal appeared to travel when he took four steps and lost control of the ball during a drive in Monday's game against the Detroit Pistons, but the NBA Referees Twitter account clarified he did not.
The Pistons led by 10 in the first quarter. Detroit out-rebounded Washington by 11, but also outscored the Wizards by 16 points in the paint.
Detroit has won and covered the spread in three straight games thanks to a home-and-home set of wins over the Knicks and a 26-point win over the Nuggets last week.
The Pistons used a 16-4 run to take an 84-73 third-quarter lead. Boston ranks fourth in the Eastern Conference with 34.9 defensive rebounds per game, led by Jayson Tatum averaging 5.3. Jackson hit all three of his 3-point attemps in the third.
Ariza drained a couple of threes and Portis tossed in another to cut the Wizards' deficit to 112-103 with 3:15 left. If the Pistons want to achieve important things this season, this must happen on a consistent basis.