Friday, February 8, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Wizards 89, Nets 74
By Mike Mazzeo
WHAT IT MEANS: For much of the season, terrible third quarters have been the Brooklyn Nets’ Achilles heel.
Lately, however, it’s horrendous second quarters that have done them in.
In its 89-74 loss to the Washington Wizards on Friday night at Verizon Center, Brooklyn was outscored 30-11 during the second.
The Nets missed their first 12 shots of the period, and didn’t get their first field goal until the 3:35 mark when Brook Lopez got a bucket inside.
The Wizards led by just one after the first quarter, but ripped off a 22-2 run spanning the end of the first and majority of the second to take a commanding lead they’d never relinquish. They led by as many as 23.
The Nets have been outscored 28-17, 31-16, 22-17 and 30-11 in their last four second quarters, which comes out to 111-61 when you add it all up.
Brooklyn (29-21) dropped to 18-2 when facing sub-.500 teams (at time of game played). The Nets’ next seven games are against teams with winning records. Then they’ll go on the road for 13 of 17.
Brooklyn trailed by as many as 23. The Nets shot a season-low 32.9 percent from the field, while the Wizards (14-35) got 51 points combined from Nene, Martell Webster and John Wall.
SMALL 3: Deron Williams had 20 points, six rebounds and five assists (7-for-20 shooting), but Brook Lopez and Joe Johnson didn’t provide much in terms of support. Lopez had 13 points, eight rebounds and four blocks, but shot just 3-for-11 and had four turnovers. Johnson, who had 14 points, hasn’t scored less than 20 points in his last nine games.
TRADE BAIT: Kris Humphries, whose name was involved in trade talks for Ben Gordon earlier Friday, had two points in nine minutes off the bench.
DOING MORE WITH LESS: A.J. Price ended a 14-0 Nets run by draining a corner 3-pointer before the end of the third quarter. It gave the Wizards a 65-53 lead heading into the fourth.
If you recall, it was Price who got into a shoving match with Williams late in the preseason matchup between the two teams, which prompted D-Will to say, “Maybe he had some boys in the crowd he wanted to impress while he can with the little minutes he's going to get this year.”
BOO THAT BLATCHE: Just like in his return to D.C., Andray Blatche heard boos from the crowd throughout. He went just 2-for-9 and scored five points. As a whole, Brooklyn's bench contributed just 13 points. MarShon Brooks, in particular, wasn't at his best, going 0-for-3 with a turnover.
UP NEXT: Nets vs. Spurs on Sunday night at 8 p.m.