Friday, January 4, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Nets 115, Wizards 113
By Mike Mazzeo
WHAT IT MEANS: He did it again!
Joe Johnson gave the Nets their second double-overtime win of the season, this time drilling a pull-up jumper from the wing with 0.7 seconds remaining that allowed the team to prevail 115-113 over the Wizards on Friday night at the Verizon Center. Johnson also hit a game-winning buzzer-beater in double OT on Dec. 14 against the Pistons.
The Nets (18-15) now are 4-1 under interim coach P.J. Carlesimo and 3-0 in overtime games this season. They probably should have lost this one. Luckily, they were playing the NBA’s worst team.
NO WAY: The Wizards tipped off the first overtime on an 8-0 run and led 101-93 with 1:27 remaining. The Nets countered with 11 straight points to take a 104-101 lead, only to see Bradley Beal (24 points) drain a 3-pointer as time expired to send the game into a second OT.
THE RETURN OF BLATCHE: Andray Blatche, playing against his former team for the first time, was booed throughout -- as expected. He finished with 13 points, 12 rebounds and a season-high four steals in 19 minutes. It was his fourth double-double of the season and his second off the bench.
BIG THREE: Deron Williams carried the Nets for much of the night, finishing with 24 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds on 9-for-24 shooting. He was a nonfactor in the fourth quarter and overtime, though, at one point missing nine straight shots. It was D-Will’s seventh 20-point game this season and first since Dec. 15. Brook Lopez added 27 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks, while Johnson chipped in 18 points. The $250 million trio had combined for a season-high 77 points in Wednesday night’s win in Oklahoma City.
NO WAY, SERIOUSLY? The Nets didn’t take their first lead, 86-84, until the 7:07 mark of the fourth quarter.
SHOCKER: After being outscored by 37 points combined in the third quarter on their two-game road trip, the Nets took the third quarter in Washington by a 26-24 count.
3-SPREE: Mirza Teletovic and D-Will each hit two 3-pointers as part of a 12-0 second-quarter run that allowed the Nets to cut a 14-point deficit to just two. They went 7-for-11 from downtown in the second.
PAINFUL: The Wizards hit 10 of their first 12 shots to open up a 12-point first-quarter lead. The Nets allowed Washington to shoot 61.9 percent in the opening period and trailed 30-20 after one.
SHORT-HANDED: With Kris Humphries (sprained left ankle) and C.J. Watson (bruised right knee) out, Teletovic got minutes at power forward, while MarShon Brooks played some point guard because Tyshawn Taylor was ineffective.
UP NEXT: Nets versus Kings on Saturday night at 7:30 ET at the Barclays Center.