The Wizards were plagued by turnovers early, committing five giveaways in the first six minutes. But Randy Wittman's club shored it up on the offensive end, shooting better than 61 percent from the floor. Chris Singleton was a perfect four for four from the free throw line, chipping in with a quick six points.
John Wall really tried to force the action in transition, playing against a Lawrence Frank team that typically ties to slow it down. This lead to three turnovers, but also a really nice breakout where Wall hit Jan Vesely on the wing. The rookie went up, challenged by Tayshaun Prince, and put in a soft and pretty fingeroll. Just a minute later, Wall hit Vesely on a perfect pick-and-roll and Vesely slammed it home off the feed. The Wizards had 16 points in the paint and out-rebounded the Pistons by nine.
The Pistons are just 8-20 but have won four games in a row coming into Sunday night's game against the Wizards. Greg Monroe, who is only one of 13 players in the league to average a double-double, finished with six points
But Washington went on a 16-6 run as the quarter wound down, building their largest lead of the game to eight points.