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Wizards Blow By Nets in Second Half

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If NBA contests lasted just 24 minutes, Sunday's game in Washington would have been an encouraging win for the Nets. But they don't, and it wasn't. As usual, the Nets fell behind by double-digits early, but they picked up their defensive intensity and used a 23-5 run to take an 11-point lead midway through the second quarter. They held the Wizards to just 15 points in the period, led by six at the break, and were up seven midway through the third when they remembered what kind of team they were this season, and the Wizards closed the quarter on a 22-9 run to take control. Then all hope was lost when the Nets scored just five points in the first 5:43 of the fourth. For the game, the Nets outshot the Wizards from the field and from downtown, but they committed 18 turnovers and got to the line just 16 times, while Washington converted 34 of their 36 trips to the stripe. Vince Carter led all scorers with 30 points and Jason Kidd recorded his fifth triple-double of the season, but Richard Jefferson scored just nine points on 4-of-12 from the field.