The Nets (9-16) lost to the Wizards (11-13) tonight by a score of 113-107.
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Paul Pierce led all Nets scorers with 27 points in 35 minutes. He was 10-of-12 from the field and grabbed six rebounds.
Five Nets players (Paul Pierce – 27, Brook Lopez – 22, Joe Johnson – 20, Deron Williams – 15, Andray Blatche – 12) scored in double figures.
The Nets were dominated on the boards (51-31) and gave up an astonishing 19 offensive rebounds which the Wizards turned into 23 points.
The Wizards shot 12-20 from 3-point range (60 percent) to the Nets 9-for-21 (43 percent).
John PaolantonioThe Nets were looking to notch their fifth win in six games against a Wizards team that had lost four of its last five but it was not to be.
The Wizards came out smoking hot from behind the arc, hitting six of their first eight, and the Nets looked a step slow to start. The defensive intensity was not there early on for Brooklyn and the Wizards took advantage.
Brooklyn did have their big man, Brook Lopez, back in the fold and it paid dividends with a dominant first half performance of 18 points and four rebounds. The Nets came back in the second quarter with great ball movement and DWill dropping six dimes but they still gave up 59 points, 11 offensive rebounds and allowed Washington to shoot 12 more shots then them.
Let that sink in as the Nets gave up 11 offensive rebounds and only grabbed 16 total rebounds themselves at halftime. Pitiful.
The game looked to be a blowout early in the fourth until Paul Pierce got hot and did some amazing things to turn back the clock and help the Nets get right back into the game. Pierce’s fourth quarter was a thing of beauty until he missed an important free throw with less than three minutes to play that would have cut the lead to two points.
The Nets simply could not get a stop defensively the entire game and late in the fourth quarter they did not take care of the ball which equated to another loss at home to a sub par Wizards team.
I thought the time where the Nets didn’t show enough intensity was over with but after watching this performance I have to rethink whether or not they really did turn a corner.
Brooklyn will be back in action on Friday night when they visit the Philadelphia Sixers. Tip is at 7:00 PM on YES.