Brandon Knight got a chance to watch his Detroit Pistons play three games without him and saw the same things everyone else did in some absolutely miserable losses.
"The biggest thing for us is just playing with energy," Knight said. "That's what I saw just sitting on the side for the past three games, just a lack of fight."

Knight returned Wednesday ready duke it out for 12 rounds, and the Pistons needed every second of that fight -- and every one of his career-high 32 points -- to subdue the Washington Wizards, 96-95.

Knight missed time with a hyperextended right knee suffered in last week's win at Charlotte and the Pistons played horribly without him.

But he came back with an 11-of-18 shooting night, including 5-of-6 accuracy on 3-pointers, and his ability to help the Pistons (23-37) get their transition game flowing again helped them complete a four-game season sweep of the Wizards (18-38).

Knight was a game-time decision. It wasn't announced he would play until about a half-hour before tipoff.

He started, played 36 minutes and appeared to have a gear no one else possessed.

"I think he's only going to be able to play one game a week," Pistons coach Lawrence Frank said.

The knee isn't right, though Knight wanted to play through the pain in the previous game against Atlanta. Medical personnel wouldn't allow it.