Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 4)

Series starts 11/20

Game 1: Saturday, November 20th
Game 2: Wednesday, December 1st
Game 3: Tuesday, January 4th
Game 4: Tuesday, April 19th

Nets 88

(11-19, 5-11 away)

Wizards 112

(17-13, 10-5 home)

    7:00 PM ET, January 4, 2005

    Verizon Center, Washington, DC

    1 2 3 4 T
    NJ 25 23 24 1688
    WSH 24 24 28 36112

    Top Performers

    NJ: V. Carter 31 Pts, 7 Reb, 3 Ast

    WSH: L. Hughes 33 Pts, 3 Reb, 7 Ast, 5 Stl, 1 Blk

    Washington's 14 threes set franchise mark

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Larry Hughes and the Washington Wizards made sure their final run was an unanswerable one.

    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 late."

    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 seven assists.

    "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 pulled away.

    "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 over."

    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.

    Game notes

    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 Jersey Nets.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 88 112
    FGM-FGA 37-73 (.507) 40-83 (.482)
    3PM-3PA 4-13 (.308) 14-27 (.519)
    FTM-FTA 10-13 (.769) 18-27 (.667)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 4-38 9-37
    Assists 23 21
    Turnovers 22 12
    Steals 7 14
    Blocks 4 3
    Fast Break Points 17 10
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 28 (2/0) 13 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 11 24

    Top Performers

    New Jersey
    Vince Carter Carter
    Points: 31
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0
    Larry Hughes Hughes
    Points: 33
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 7
    Stl: 5
    Blk: 1