Nets Blow Big Lead, but Hold On to Beat Wizards and End Losing Streak

It wasn't easy on the eyes (or the heart), but the Nets ended their eight-game losing streak with a 97-89 win over the Wizards on Thursday night at the Prudential Center.

The Nets took control with a 13-0 run early in the game, they led by as many as 23 midway through the second quarter and were up 17 at halftime. But the Wizards came back in the third quarter and tied the game early in the fourth. They never took the lead though, and the Nets got big plays from Devin Harris and Brook Lopez down the stretch to come away with the win.

Both teams shot just 40 percent from the field and turned the ball over 21 times, but the Nets had a 30-22 advantage at the free throw line. Harris didn't shoot well from the field, but he led all scorers with 29 points. Dealing with foul trouble, Lopez played just 26 minutes, finishing with 18 points and five rebounds. Kris Humphries recorded his seventh double-double of the season with 12 points and 17 rebounds.

  • Boxscore - NBA.com
  • First Half Highlights (Video) - NBA.com
  • Harris leads Nets over Wizards - AP
  • Wizards-Nets notebook - Jake Appleman - NBA.com
  • Rapid Reaction: Nets 97, Wizards 89 - Mike Mazzeo - ESPN New York
  • Led by Devin Harris, Nets hold on for 97-89 win over Wizards - Zach Berman - Star-Ledger
  • Harris slams the door on 8-game skid - Fred Kerber - New York Post
  • Nets snap eight-game losing streak with 97-89 win over Wizards, Devin Harris scores game-high 29 - Stefan Bondy - New York Daily News
  • Nets snap eight-game losing streak against Wall-less Wizards, 97-89 - Al Iannazzone - The Record
  • Harris lifts Nets to first December win - Al Iannazzone - The Nets Insider
  • Pre-Game: Billy King Interview (Video) - Chris Shearn - YES Network
  • Post-Game Plus (Video) - Jessica Taff - YES Network
  • From the Booth (Video) - Ian Eagle & Mike Fratello - YES Network
  • Avery Johnson Press Conference (Video) - YES Network
  • Devin Harris Interview (Video) - Chris Shearn - YES Network
  • Nets show resolve, snap eight-game skid - Mike Mazzeo - ESPN New York
  • Nets hold off Wizards’ comeback, break streak (with Post-game Audio) - Greg Hrinya - Examiner
  • NETS: Two PGs Boost Nets Early, Defense Holds Up Late - Ben Couch - New Jersey Nets
  • Wizards cannot complete comeback - Michael Lee - Washington Post
  • Wizards vs. Nets: Washington loses 13th straight road game - Michael Lee - Washington Post
  • Big comebacks have become a disturbing trend - Michael Lee -Washington Post
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