The Nets forgot to pack their momentum from Wednesday's win over the Bulls. They the came out completely flat in Washington on Friday, scoring just three points over the first eight minutes of the game and never recovering from the ugly start.
While the Nets couldn't buy a bucket, the Wizards started out red hot. They scored 30 points in the first quarter and were still shooting 59 percent at halftime. The Nets cut the lead down to 12 midway through the third quarter, but Washington didn't let them get any closer than that, and actually had their biggest lead, 25 points, early in the fourth.
Adding injury to insult, Devin Harris left the game in the third quarter with a right quad contusion. Harris shot just 1-for-7 from the field in his 20 minutes, but he was outdone by Travis Outlaw (1-for-8) and Sasha Vujacic (1-for-14). The Nets shot just 35 percent as a team and were led by Brook Lopez and Jordan Farmar with 14 points apiece.
- Boxscore - NBA.com
- First Half Highlights (Video) - NBA.com
- Lewis' big night sparks Wizards to rout over Nets - AP
Nets-Wizards notebook - Rich DuBroff - NBA.com
Nets at loss after latest debacle - Fred Kerber - New York Post
- Nets fall behind big early, never recover in 97-77 loss to the Wizards - Al Iannazzone - The Record
Johnson shows great restraint after awful loss - Al Iannazzone - The Nets Insider
- Pre-Game: Avery Johnson Interview (Video) - Jessica Taff - YES Network
- Post-Game Plus (Video) - Nancy Newman - YES Network
- From the Booth (Video) - Ian Eagle & Jim Spanarkel - YES Network
- Avery Johnson Press Conference (Video) - YES Network
Wizards race to early lead, rip the Nets - Michael Lee - Washington Post
- Wizards vs. Nets: Washington snaps three-game losing streak with 97-77 rout - Michael Lee - Washington Post
Wizards 97, Nets 77: Four thoughts - Craig Stouffer - Washington Examiner
- Washington Wizards Dismantle New Jersey Nets - Sean Fagan - Bullets Forever
Flip Saunders shows the Wizards "The Battle At Kruger" before the win over the Nets - Mike Prada - Bullets Forever