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Third Quarter Blow-up Leads to Blow-out

The Nets had a mediocre first half Tuesday but were only one point down at the beginning of the third quarter. That didn't last long. The Wizards, winless on the road, blew out the Nets 35-12 in the period gaining only their third victory this season and finishing 20 up on the Nets. It seemed as if all the good vibes of two comebacks and a blowout out west were forgotten as the Nets shot poorly and defended even worse at the IZOD. The Wiz, the league's worst shooting team, hit 51% of their shots overall and better than that--13 for 24--from beyond the arc. Three Wizards--Caron Butler, Antawn Jamison and DeShawn Stevenson--scored between 21 and 22 points, with Butler adding 10 assists. The Wizards effectively used a zone defense against Devin Harris in the second half. Harris finished with 18, but only two after halftime. He went to the line three times, nearly nine below his league-leading average. Vince Carter had 16, Keyon Dooling 14 and Brook Lopez 10 points to go with nine rebounds and three blocks. Lopez, however, shot only 3-for-9 and had two turnovers. Chris Douglas-Roberts saw his first game action since the third game of the season and finished with six points in nine minutes, spending most of it at the point. No Net had more than two assists.