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Williams and Johnson are Ejected as Nets Lose Fourth Straight

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Mar 21, 2012; Newark, NJ, USA;  Washington Wizards point guard John Wall (2) shoots as New Jersey Nets point guard Deron Williams (8) defends at the Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Jim O'Connor-US PRESSWIRE
Mar 21, 2012; Newark, NJ, USA; Washington Wizards point guard John Wall (2) shoots as New Jersey Nets point guard Deron Williams (8) defends at the Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Jim O'Connor-US PRESSWIRE

The Nets may have reached a new low on Wednesday, losing to the Wizards 108-89 at the Prudential Center. Frustrations boiled over in the third quarter, when both Deron Williams and Avery Johnson were ejected for arguing with referee Josh Tiven.

The Nets took a brief lead midway through the second quarter, but trailed by three at the half. Midway through the third, after the Wizards went up by eight, Williams picked up two consecutive technical fouls and was ejected during a timeout. And before the ball could be inbounded, Johnson picked up two T's himself, following Williams to the locker room. The Nets were back within eight midway through the fourth, but an 11-0 Washington run then put the game away.

The Nets shot just 37 percent, while the Wizards shot 48 percent. Despite the ejection, Williams led the Nets with 17 points and four assists. Kris Humphries, Anthony Morrow and Gerald Wallace had 13 points apiece, with Humphries adding 16 rebounds.

The loss was the Nets' fourth straight and dropped them to 5-18 at home.