WASHINGTON -- Wizards point guard John Wall had 20 points and 11 assists and center Marcin Gortat scored 16 points as Washington turned a dominant first half into a 106-82 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Saturday night.
Swingman Trevor Ariza had 15 points and forward Trevor Booker 10 as all five of Washington's starters scored in double figures. Ariza made 4 of 6 3-pointers as the Wizards finished 9 of 19 from beyond the arc.
Beal, who suffered a bruised knee Friday night, missed his first three shot attempts. But he made four straight, including two 3-pointers, during a second-quarter run that Wall capped with a reverse dunk.
The Pistons' sizable frontcourt had proved challenging for the Wizards in previous matchups. In a season-opening 113-102 win at home, Detroit outrebounded Washington and scored 56 points in the paint.
In the rematch, Washington won the battle of the boards 46-38 and equalized Detroit's interior production.
NOTES: Wizards PF Nene came off the bench for the fourth straight game since returning from a foot injury. ... Pistons G Brandon Jennings missed eight of 10 shots in the first half. ... At 8-7, Detroit entered as one of eight NBA teams with winning road records. ... Former Georgetown stars Otto Porter and Greg Monroe played in the same game for the first time as professionals. The Wizards' rookie missed the season opener against Monroe's Pistons with a hip injury. ... The Wizards honored the late Nelson Mandela during a pregame ceremony. Team owner Ted Leonsis, Wall and Monroe presented gifts to Swati and Zaziwe Mandela, the granddaughters of the former South African president. Washington, D.C., mayor Vincent Gray also attended.