At the end of the third quarter, it looked like a Nets win. Brooklyn was up by seven and as everyone knows, that usually means the Nets win. After all, they'd won 31 of 32 games when leading at the end of the third. The Wizards, on the other side of the ledger, were 0-11 at home when trailing after three.
Well, it didn't end that way. It didn't follow form. Trailing 82-72 early in the fourth, the Wizards went on a 15-4 run keyed by Drew Gooden (8 of 11 from the field) and Al Harrington. Gooden is at the end of a 10-day deal and Harrington, long a Nets nemesis going back to his Knick days, is returning from an injury-riddled season and is uncertain how many minutes he can put on a rehabbing knee.
Harrington started things off when he scored four points and picked up a steal that led to a basket by Bradley Beal. Then with the Wizards trailing by three, Gooden hit a layup and then a jumper from the wing that gave Washington an 87-86 lead, its first of the half.
Thornton answered for New Jersey, making a three and following with a driving bank shot to put Brooklyn up 91-87 midway through the quarter. That was the last Nets field goal of the game, as they went without a made shot for the final 6:22.
"We just had a terrible offensive and defensive fourth quarter and we can't do that, especially with the playoffs looming around the corner," Paul Pierce said. "We've got to be more solid. We've got to be more consistent in everything we do."
Alan Anderson was equally despondent afterwards.
"Against a great team like Miami, we can sustain a whole 48 minutes of ball movement and defensive pressure and today, I think we let up a bit toward the end," Anderson said. "We've got to have that mentality, man. We've got to start putting teams away. We've only got what, three weeks left in the season."
Wall finished with 33 points on 10-of-15 shooting, often diving through the Nets defense for easy lay-ups and showing leadership skills as the Nets and Wizards swapped the lead late in the fourth.
Marcus Thornton, who had scored 10 points in his previous two games, finished with 19 on 7-of-11 shooting, including 5-of-6 from deep. He had Brooklyn’s last field goal. Thornton is now averaging 12.0 points a game off the bench for the Nets despite his on-again, off-again scoring.
As Bleacher Report's Walker Harrison notes, "he has scored ten points or less six times, and 19 points or more on four occasions. Never has he finished between those two figures as a Net."
Deron Williams started off hot, with 10 points, three assists, two rebounds and one steal in the first quarter, then tailed off after a visit to the locker room at the beginning of the second quarter. He finished with 14 points, seven assists, seven rebounds, two steals.
Andrei Kirilenko, back after back spasms forced him to sit out two games, played 12 minutes, scoring five points but missing three of four foul shoots in the fourth. He had two rebounds. Mirza Teletovic played 14 minutes, missing both his shots, one a three-pointer. Jason Collins, signed for the rest of the season, didn't play.
Overall, it was a bad game for the Nets who seemed rusty after spending their two off-days in the Florida sunshine rather than returning to New York.
- Boxscore - NBA.com
- Game Thread: Brooklyn Nets at Washington Wizards, 7:00 PM - NetsDaily
- Second Half Game Thread: Nets at Wizards - NetsDaily
- Game Recap: Wall Leads Wizards over Nets (Video) - NBA.com
- Wall's Big Night (Video) - NBA.com
- Wall Seals the Win (Video) - NBA.com
- Pierce Passes Ewing (Video) - NBA.com
- Williams to Plumlee (Video) - NBA.com
- Wall Brings the Hustle (Video) - NBA.com
- Kidd on execution in 101-94 loss to the Wizards (Video) - YES Network
- Kidd discusses Collins, taking on the Wizards (Video) - YES Network
- Livingston on loss to Wizards, looks to bounce back (Video) - YES Network
- Collins on his contract extension (Video) - YES Network
- Deron Williams Almost Dunks (Video) - The Brooklyn Game
- HIGHLIGHT: Mason Plumlee Throws It Down With Two Hands (Video) - The Brooklyn Game
- Paul Pierce Cares Not For Trevor Booker's Exaggerated Screams (Video) - The Brooklyn Game
- Nets fall to Washington Wizards, 101-94 - AP
- Nets can’t hold lead as John Wall, Drew Gooden give Wizards the win - Stefan Bondy - New York Daily News
- Nets fall flat in final four minutes in Washington - Rod Boone - Newsday
- Jason Collins happy he's hanging around - Rod Boone - Newsday
- Nets squander lead and fall to Wizards - Andy Vasquez - The Record
- Nets notes: Jason Collins staying - Andy Vasquez - The Record
- Nets blow lead, fall to Wizards Nets blow lead, fall to Wizards - Tim Bontemps - New York Post
- Kirilenko makes return; Garnett questionable for Monday - Tim Bontemps - New York Post
- Rapid Reaction: Wizards 101, Nets 94 - Mike Mazzeo - ESPN New York
- Nets have colossal meltdown in Washington - Mike Mazzeo - ESPN New York
- Giving Up: Wizards 101, Nets 94 (GAME GRADES) - Devin Kharpertian - The Brooklyn Game
- Washington Wizards 101, Brooklyn Nets 94: The Morning After Recap - - Devin Kharpertian - The Brooklyn Game
- Marcus Thornton Trade Paying Big Dividends for Brooklyn Nets - Walker Harrison - Bleacher Report
- John Wall scores 33, Drew Gooden adds 21 as Wizards rally to beat Brooklyn Nets - Michael Lee - Washington Post