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Nets Come Back Twice To Beat Wizards as D-Will, Hump Star

The Nets' 2011-12 season got off to a real ugly start. But they managed to recover (twice) to beat the Wizards, 90-84, in Washington on Monday.

The Nets committed turnovers on their first three possessions of the game and missed their first five shots from the field. They trailed by as many as 21 points midway through the second quarter, but were within eight at halftime and took the lead midway through the third.

An 11-0 Wizards run put Washington up by eight early in the fourth, but the Nets came back again and led by eight with 1:37 left. Washington made a final run and had a chance to tie with a three with less than 30 seconds left, but Kris Humphries got his hand on a John Wall pass and Anthony Morrow sealed the game at the free throw line.

The Nets shot just 41 percent from the field, but outrebounded the Wizards, 58-39. Deron Williams led the way with 23 points and eight assists, adding eight rebounds. Humphries had a double-double in the middle of the third period and finished with 21 points and 16 rebounds. Morrow struggled early, but finished with 16 points. Johan Petro hit some big shots, Damion James added 14 rebounds, and Sundiata Gaines gave the Nets a big lift off the bench.