Bradley Beal shot 2-for-14 and had just seven points as the Wizards failed to get a winning record, but the 20-year-old took it in stride.
A former elite point guard himself, Pistons coach Maurice Cheeks was in awe of the complete game played by John Wall.
Despite John Wall's effort and game-high 34 points, the Wizards failed to get over the .500 hump in their third try this season in a loss to Detroit.
Trevor Booker didn't return after halftime to rejoin the Wizards because of a left ankle sprain in the second quarter.
Jan Vesely is not known as a good free throw shooter. He had a nice alley-oop finish vs. Detroit, but then air-balled the ensuing free throw.