John Wall was a blur, headed down to the other end to set the Verizon Center crowd off with a dunk, especially after going behind the back to elude Brandon Jennings.

But he didn’t account for the other blur fearlessly flying down the floor, as Kentavious Caldwell-Pope soared in to hush the crowd with a clean block.

“It was a chance so I just tried it. I guess he didn’t see me. I saw the ball and went and got it,” Caldwell-Pope said. “I wasn’t too far behind it, he was going up and I was at the top of the key. It was a good block.”

It didn’t win the game, as there was still 3:11 remaining in a close game that hadn’t always been so, but it exemplified a resilience that hadn’t been seen from the Pistons in quite awhile.

Caldwell-Pope’s stripping of Martell Webster on a baseline dribble with 14 seconds remaining sealed a 104-98, come-from-behind victory Saturday night, preventing the improved Wizards from getting over the .500 mark.

Josh Smith led the Pistons with 22 points and eight rebounds while Rodney Stuckey scored 20 off the bench, as their second unit helped lift a lifeless team that looked well on its way to a second straight loss after Friday’s embarrassment against the Utah Jazz.

Wall led the Wizards with 34 points, hitting 15 of his 23 shots, but didn’t get enough help, especially from his backcourt mates.

“We made plays down the stretch, good defensive plays and we scored. We made our foul shots,” Pistons coach Maurice Cheeks said. “Clearly last night wasn’t one of our better games.”

The Pistons have won three of four, with all three wins coming due to heady play down the stretch in the fourth quarter, which has clearly been a problem through the first 40 games.

Caldwell-Pope shot just two for 10, but made the hustle plays that helped win the game, including putting Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal on punishment, as the sharpshooter missed 12 of his 14 shot attempts.

“He got on Beal, too, very well,” Cheeks said. “That block down the stretch and two or three steals. When you’re guarding Beal you gotta keep the pressure on because he can break the game open easily.”

The Wizards led by 10 early behind the surging Wall, who led the Wizards to 69-percent shooting in the first quarter.