The Brooklyn Nets entered Saturday night looking to win their fourth straight game, having beaten payoff-bound teams like the Los Angeles Clippers and Toronto Raptors, followed by a win over the New York Knicks on Friday night. On Saturday it was a matchup against John Wall and the Washington Wizards. The Wizards entered the night having lost five in a row, the longest losing streak they've faced in the 2014-15 season.
Well, all good things do indeed come to an end, as the Nets were destroyed by the Wizards in this one, 114-77. The Nets shot just 33.8 percent from the floor
Brooklyn was without Kevin Garnett, who played on Friday night and got his normal rest on Saturday, while the Wizards were without Bradley Beal. The Nets entered the night 3-8 on the second half of a back-to-back. Now, make that 3-9.
The Nets were sloppy early, allowing the Wizards to get off to a 12-2 start, with seven of their 10 points coming on the fastbreak. They had three turnovers and missed their first three threes in the first four minutes of the game. This led to Lionel Hollins bringing in Deron Williams early and also Jerome Jordan to help protect the paint.
Marcin Gortat brought it early for the Wizards, he scored 9 points in the first quarter on 4-of-6 shooting, helping the Wizards to a 28-19 lead after one. Washington dominated the paint early scoring 18 points in the restricted area.
Brooklyn shot 39 percent in the first, while the Wizards hit 51 percent of their shots. Brook Lopez, however, was hot early scoring 11 points in the first, starting in place of Kevin Garnett.
The second quarter wasn't much better for the Nets, as the Wizards continued to find their form and Brooklyn just struggled to get into a rhythm. Washington had an 18-point lead with over seven minutes remaining in the second quarter. They were shooting over 57 percent from the floor while the Nets were just over 35 percent. Even Kris Humphries was getting in on the action.
It was a struggle for the Nets to protect the paint. The Washington bigs just had a field day with them. They also had 18 fastbreak points to the Nets' zero points on the break.
At halftime the Nets trailed the Wizards, big time, 58-38. Brooklyn shot 33.3 percent from the floor in the half.
Washington built up a 30-point lead about midway through the third quarter. With still 18 minutes to play, that was the ball game. The Nets couldn't scrape away at the Wizards' lead, not even to get it within 20 points. It was an ugly one.
It became garbage time early. The Nets got to within 24 points, but it was too much Washington. Brooklyn dropped their first game in February, and have now won three of their last four games.
The Nets finished the night shooting 33.8 percent from the floor, with Lopez leading the way, scoring 19 points. No one else "showed up." Deron Williams finished 0-of-8 from the floor. Joe Johnson had just 6 points, while Jarrett Jack went 3-of-12 from the floor.
Final score: Wizards 114, Nets 77.
Afterwards, Marcin Gortat added salt to the wound.
Gortat: "At the end of the day, it’s Brooklyn. We can’t get too excited."— Jorge Castillo (@jorgeccastillo) February 8, 2015
Up next is the Milwaukee Bucks and old friend Jason Kidd.
For more on the Wizards, see: Bullets Forever
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