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Nets fight but fall short for 9th consecutive game, 120-111

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Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

We've made it through 81 games; we can make it through one more... right?

The Nets lost their ninth consecutive game and 60th on the season despite the absence of John Wall and Bradley Beal. It was an oddly entertaining game, but the Wizards put a damper on the night with a ,120-111, victory over the Nets, Monday night.

This one became unpleasant extremely quick for Brooklyn as the Wizards jumped out with a 20-0 lead, while the Nets airballed two shots and missed their first 10 overall.

Here we go again.

But the Nets kept fighting and actually cut the deficit down to six after Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Sean Kilpatrick came off the bench and combined for 13 points. Shortly after, they took the lead after scoring 41 points in the second quarter!

We had ourselves a game.

As the teams exchanged buckets in the third quarter, Shane Larkin kept the Nets afloat and scored nine straight points - using his speed to drive past Washington defenders. He finished with a career-high 20 points on 9-of-13 shooting.

Still, Ramon Sessions (21 points, 12 assists) and the Wizards were too much for Brooklyn's porous defense. They went on a 7-0 run and led by 12 with six minutes left in the game.

The anticlimactic layup dagger came from J.J. Hickson that put Washington up by 12 with a minute left. In the end, the poor defense hurt Brooklyn, but the 10-point fourth quarter ultimately lost them the game.

Former Net Marcus Thornton had himself a day with 19 points and eight rebounds, while J.J. Hickson (16 points) and Kelly Oubre Jr. (15 points) came off the bench and changed the game. As a whole, the Wizards shot 52 percent and dished out 27 assists.

Bojan Bogdanovic led the way for Brooklyn with 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting, FINALLY snapping out of his slump. Off the bench, Sean Kilpatrick scored 17 points and his trash-talking partner Rondae Hollis-Jefferson chipped in 14 points and six rebounds.

But what was this all about?

The Nets shot 44 percent and nailed 10 3-pointers, but once again the horrid defense lost them the game. It's the ninth straight game that they've surrendered 100 or more points.

One more to go.

For more on the Washington Wizards, check them out at Bullets Forever.