BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Looks like Christmas came early for the Nets this year.
The Nets snapped the four-game losing streak with the first wire-to-wire victory of the season, a blowout 119-84 win over the Washington Wizards Friday night at Barclays Center. It was the third largest victory in Barclays Center history.
The Nets led by 10 at half and extended their lead to 30 in the third quarter, pushed by Spencer Dinwidde’s 15 points. The game became fun for Brooklyn – so much fun, they eventually took a 40-point lead in the fourth quarter!
“We knew we had to get a win bad,” said Caris LeVert. “That first unit really set the tone for everybody else. Spencer [Dinwiddie] did a really good job of pushing the pace all night long and everybody followed suit, so that was great to see.”
They out-rebounded the Wizards 60-35 and out-scored them 48-26 inside the paint. To add onto their big night, they shot 14-of-41 (34%) from 3-point range. The most important aspect of the game, however, was the defense on John Wall, Bradley Beal and Otto Porter Jr., all whom combined for 20 points total.
Kenny Atkinson had made it a point of emphasis to come out strong, which they did.
“I thought our mindset from the tipoff was good. I thought that first group really decided to get some stops and brought the energy and brought the defense,” Kenny Atkinson said after the win. “Then after that it was kind of everybody got on the train, got on board and a lot of guys played well.”
The Nets have lacked energy to start games and it’s haunted them during the losing streak. After last game, Spencer Dinwiddie even said, “It ain’t the first... it’s the fourth [quarter].”
So, they fixed it.
They didn’t shoot the ball particularly well, but their defense was top notch, holding Washington to 38 percent shooting in the first half.
They led 53-43 at the half, the 43 points being the second fewest points they’ve allowed in a first half this season and the 10-point lead being their largest lead of the season. It certainly helped that John Wall only played eight minutes, while Rondae Hollis-Jefferson was on pace for a triple-double.
The question: Was it sustainable?
The answer: Yes, and then some.
They came out of the gate in the third and went on a 9-2 run – extending their 10-point lead to 20 early in the third, then 30 later in the quarter, which marked the largest lead they’ve owned this season. They out-scored Washington 35-18 in the third quarter and led by 27 entering the fourth. Dinwiddie propelled the Nets and scored all 15 of his points in the third quarter.
This one was over way earlier than expected.
“We got out butts kicked, we all did, myself included. Give Brooklyn credit, they played a good basketball game,” Washington head coach Scott Brooks said after the game. “We couldn’t stay in front of the basketball.”
YOUTH GOTTA EAT
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, 22, was a force with 21 points, 11 rebounds, a career-high tying six assists and one blocked shot, all in 21 minutes. He shot 7-of-15.
Caris LeVert, 23, led Brooklyn’s charge at back-up point, finishing with 17 points and six rebounds on 7-of-9 shooting.
Jarrett Allen, 19, had one of his most consistent games of the season with 10 points and six rebounds on 4-of-6 shooting. And there was a dunk...
Even Nik Stauskas, 24, nailed four 3-pointers in 15 minutes.
One disappointment: Jahlil Okafor, 22, didn’t get minutes despite the blowout.
The Nets have now defeated the Wizards in consecutive games for the first time since the 2012-13 season, their first season in Brooklyn.
Brooklyn dished out a season-high 29 assists, grabbed a season-high 60 rebounds and surrendered a season-low 84 points.
HIGHLIGHT OF THE NIGHT: JARRETT ALLEN
And so, it made for a good night in Brooklyn after four straight disappointing ones. The Nets (12-19) will play the next five games on the road with the next two against Indiana and then San Antonio. Maybe they’ll surprise us like they did tonight.
Like Kenny Atkinson always says: Never say never.
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- Game Report: Brooklyn Nets 119, Washington Wizards 84 - NBA.com
- Highlights: Brooklyn Nets 119, Washington Wizards 84 (Video) - NBA.com
- Highlights: Rondae Hollis-Jefferson vs. Wizards (Video)- NBA com
- Stauskas handles it like a yo-yo (Video) - NBA.com
- Stauskas brings it (Video) - NBA.com
- Allen with the block (Video) - NBA.com
- Allen with the two-handed slam (Video) - NBA.com
- Nets Post Game Plus: WSH@BKN (Video) - Chris Shearn - YES Network
- Post-Game Analysis: “Everything Worked” (Video) - Ian Eagle & Sarah Kustok - YES Network
- Rondae Hollis-Jefferson on the win (Video) - Michael Grady - YES Network
- Atkinson praises starters in win (Video) - YES Network
- Crabbe on being physical in win (Video) - Michael Grady - YES Network
- Harris on effort level in win (Video) - YES Network
- Nets rout Wizards 119-84 to end four-game losing streak (Dec 22, 2017) - AP
- Nets demolish Wizards for biggest win of season - Brian Lewis - New York Post
- ‘We want Okafor’ chants go unanswered - Brian Lewis - New York Post
- Rondae Hollis-Jefferson leads way as Nets blowout Wizards - Greg Logan - Newsday
- Nets coach Kenny Atkinson sees lack of drive on tape - Greg Logan - Newsday
- Nets go wire-to-wire in blowout of Wizards (Game Grades) - The Brooklyn Game
- WASHINGTON WIZARDS 84-119 BROOKLYN NETS: THREE TAKEAWAYS - Alex Labidou - Brooklyn Nets
- Brooklyn blues: Wizards offer nothing and get blown out by Nets - Candace Buckner - Washington Post