Hughes matched his season high with 33 points and the Wizards
closed out a 112-88 victory over the New Jersey Nets on Tuesday
night with an 18-0 spurt.
"It was just a game of spurts," New Jersey's Vince Carter
said. "They started off the game well and had the run. Then it was
back and forth, back and forth. At the end of the game they made
their run and kept running. They got it going tonight, especially
Hughes had seven assists and five steals to lead the Wizards,
who got 3-pointers from seven different players and made a
franchise-record 14 for the game. Gilbert Arenas and Jarvis Hayes
each made three 3s as Washington surpassed its previous record of
12, set on Nov. 5, 2003, against Dallas.
"When we do it, we have to do it at our pace," Jamison said of
the 3-pointers. "Certain guys were feeling it and they were able
to knock down shots. A lot of them were in the flow of the offense,
driving and pitching it out."
Wizards coach Eddie Jordan enjoyed the team effort: Washington's
reserves outscored New Jersey's 31-12.
"It was one of our most impressive wins of the season," Jordan
said. "This is more impressive because we are playing against a
terrific point guard (Jason Kidd), and Richard Jefferson and Vince
Carter are terrific players, too. Carter made some good shots but
they really aren't as deep. That is where we really took advantage,
their lack of depth."
Carter had a season-high 31 points on 15-for-23 shooting for New
Jersey. Jason Kidd added 19 points, eight rebounds and seven
assists for the Nets.
The Wizards took an 84-74 lead early in the fourth quarter on
back-to-back 3-pointers by Jared Jeffries and Juan Dixon, and a
dunk off a steal by Hayes, who had 19 points, eight rebounds and
"He can shoot the ball, probably one of the best on the team,"
Hughes said of Hayes. "It is just a matter of getting the
opportunity to play."
Hughes scored 13 points in the fourth quarter as the Wizards
"You help yourself out when you help your teammates out,"
Hughes said. "I am always aggressive but at the same time I am
definitely looking for my teammates and trying not to turn the ball
Carter had a couple of flashy dunks to lead the Nets to an
11-point lead in the third quarter. Kidd's jumper put New Jersey
ahead 64-53 with 7:19 remaining in the period.
The Wizards answered with a 12-1 run, capped by Arenas'
3-pointer for a tie at 65. After hitting two more 3s, Arenas gave
Washington a 75-72 lead with a dunk off a steal with 59 seconds
remaining in the third.
Arenas finished with 20 points, six rebounds and four steals.
"They lead the league in forcing turnovers so that is part of
their defense," Nets coach Lawrence Frank said. "We shoot 50
percent but we have 22 turnovers and they make a franchise record
for 3-pointers. We were just not able to get the job done."
Nenad Krstic scored four points as the Nets opened a 16-6 lead
with a 10-0 run. Hughes and Jeffries each scored four points when
the Wizards answered with an 11-2 run.
Kidd scored seven points in the Nets' 9-0 run that opened a
37-31 lead midway through the second quarter. The Wizards used a
9-2 spurt to take a 40-39 lead with 4:22 left in the first half.
The Nets answered with a 9-0 run to go up 48-40. Then the Wizards
closed the half with an 8-0 burst to tie it 48-all.
Wizards forward Kwame Brown underwent an MRI on Monday on
his injured right ankle. "It showed that there's no real damage
there," Wizards coach Eddie Jordan said. "It just depends on how
sore (he is) and what he can take, as far as pain. This is day
seven in a seven-day plan and it's a little bit slow, so we'll have
to take it day by day." Brown hasn't played since Dec. 27 when he
played 7 minutes against Charlotte. . . . Wizards reserve guard
Steve Blake sprained his left ankle in the second quarter and did
not return. . . . The Nets have scored 100 points only once in
their past 25 games. ... The Wizards sold "Tsunami Relief Bands"
for a minimum donation of $2, with all proceeds going to UNICEF.
The Wizards wore the wristbands during their game against the New