Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Rapid Reaction: Wizards 108, Nets 89
By Mike Mazzeo
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WHAT IT MEANS: The Nets lost their fourth straight game on Wednesday night -- but Deron Williams and Avery Johnson weren't around long enough to see the end. The point guard and coach were ejected during the third quarter of the Nets' 108-89 setback to the Wizards at Prudential Center. Wonder what Jay-Z thought. He was sitting next to the bench, after all. And the crowd chanted his name once the game was far out of reach.
The Nets are now 15-33 overall and 5-18 at home. Williams had all 17 of his points in the first half for the Nets. He added four assists and three rebounds, and shot 6-for-15 from the field. The Nets trailed by as many as 19, shot 36.9 percent from the floor and scored 36 points in the second half.
TURNING POINT: A 12-0 third-quarter run -- which included the ejections of both Williams and Johnson after Williams was upset about not getting a foul call on a drive to the basket -- gave the Wizards a commanding 78-64 lead.
HUMP DAY: Kris Humphries finished with his 21st double-double of the season, scoring 13 points while grabbing 16 rebounds.
G-EEZ: In his third game as a Net, Gerald Wallace scored 13 points and grabbed three rebounds, but opened up missing six of his first seven shots from the field and wound up connecting on just five of his 17 attempts.
NICE DEBUT: Nene, who was coveted by the Nets in free agent but ended up re-signing with the Nuggets before being traded to Washington at the deadline, had 22 points and 10 rebounds in his debut with the Wizards.
BOLD PLAY OF THE GAME: D-Will split a pick-and-roll, faked a behind-the-back pass and finished a layup to tie the game at 48 in the second quarter.
STAT OF THE NIGHT: MarShon Brooks shot 2-for-9 from the field on Wednesday night. In his last six games, the rookie shooting guard is 17-for-58 from the field.
UP NEXT: Nets at Hawks, Friday night