"It's starting to pay off. He's confident," Saunders said. "We've lost games with John when he's trying to make plays, but he's not afraid to. If you want to be a great player in this league, you can't be afraid to take the ball in your hands and try to make a play."
Evans has seen lots of point guards in his seven-year NBA career, and since he arrived in a trade from Atlanta last month, he's had fun playing with Wall.
"What's most impressive from my perspective is he doesn't really know how to play yet," Evans said.
While the Wizards had fun in the second half, New Jersey most certainly didn't.
The Nets have the NBA's second-worst road record (4-29), but they thought they had a chance for a rare win against the team with the worst road mark -- even without injured point guard Deron Williams.
They led 56-39 just before the half. In the third quarter, they were overmatched.
"I guess we just got complacent. I did a little," Brook Lopez said. "Once we realized what was going on, it was too late."
Lopez led the Nets, who have lost three straight, with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Anthony Morrow had 19, and Kris Humphries had 18 points and 17 rebounds.
Jordan Farmar started in place of Williams, who will miss at least three games because of an injured right wrist. He had a career-high 17 assists -- 11 in the first half -- to help the Nets get their big lead.
"I told our players, 'This loss was really painful,'" New Jersey coach Avery Johnson said. "We were pretty good in the first half. In the second half, we weren't very good."
Johnson said Williams' wrist would be re-evaluated after he misses three games. "It's something that we know, rest -- not surgery -- is required," Johnson said. "We'll treat him. We'll rest him." In the Nets' locker room before the game, Williams said he was eager to play again this season. "I'm just getting a little rest and then re-evaluate it," Williams said. "Maybe a couple of more games. It's not really set in stone. I'll just see how it feels." ... New Jersey signed G Sundiata Gaines for this season and next. He will back up Farmar in Williams' absence. ... Humphries had his 10th straight double-double. ... McGee was 8-for-9 from the field.