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Pistons' Griffin, Drummond pound short-handed Wizards, 121-112

Pistons' Griffin, Drummond pound short-handed Wizards, 121-112

In this injury-ravaged season, the Washington Wizards have often needed to adjust on the fly. Even so, Monday night represented a first: The team played while missing the two point guards who started the year on the roster.

Yet it wasn’t a point guard deficiency that shipwrecked the Wizards in a 121-112 loss to the Detroit Pistons. The Wizards shot well enough and scored plenty to win an NBA game, but they couldn’t slow the front-loaded Pistons.

No surprise that defense once again doomed the Wizards. There should be disbelief, however, in how they were thoroughly outplayed by Detroit’s frontcourt. Point forward Blake Griffin, on his way to a sixth All-Star Game, scored 31...

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