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Nets lose sixth straight, 102-88, this time to Wizards

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After a tight, double overtime loss to the Grizzlies, a tired and dispirited-looking Nets squad fell behind the Wizards early and never got it done despite a couple of mini-runs, losing 102-88. It was the Nets sixth straight loss and eighth in their last 10. Brooklyn is now 8-16.

The Nets didn’t score 20 points in a quarter until the fourth when they scored 30. Allen Crabbe led scoring with a measly 14. If you’re looking for some good news, Crabbe has shot 44.5 percent from three over the last 10 games. On the other hand ... D’Angelo Russell and Spencer Dinwiddie combined for 16.

The Nets started out looking tired. No surprise after Friday night when they had five players who put up 35 or more points. They went down 12 early as shots failed to fall and a slew of turnovers exasperated Kenny Atkinson, but a late second quarter 13-4 run fueled by Rondae Hollis-Jefferson got them within three at the half. RHJ finished the half with nine. For his career, he’s averaged 15 points vs. Washington.

The second quarter also saw Rodions Kurucs get minutes for the first time in seven games. Kurucs played three minutes in the first, grabbed two rebounds but failed to score. In the second, Atkinson went to the 20-year-old early. He finished with eight points and five rebounds in 14 minutes but missed all four three-point attempts.

Washington broke out in the third, scoring 11 straight points to go up 14 and although the Nets would cut into the lead here and there, they finished the third down, 68-58.

The pattern continued in the fourth with the Wizards going up by double digits, and the Nets failing to get close enough to matter. Then, the Wizards closed it out, going up by 20 with five minutes left.

The Nets are now 0-6 in the second half back-to-backs.

FINDING A BALANCE FOR DLO

Before the game, Kenny Atkinson discussed how D’Angelo Russell has to find a balance between scoring and finding the open man. The head coach said DLo has been trying to do too much since Caris LeVert went down.

In the last two games before Saturday night, Russell has put up 52 shots, making only 16. or 30.7 percent. He took only eight shots Saturday, making three.

“That’s a result of Caris being out. He’s got the ball in his hands a ton. He has to find a happy medium, find a balance,” said Atkinson.

L2M ... SMH!

L2M, the daily report from the NBA’s officiating office, found that yes, the Nets were screwed by the refs Friday night ... on Jaren Jackson’s critical four-point play.

Read it and weep, per Greg Logan...

“So, there’s that” exactly! The L2M Report means nothing in terms of the game’s outcome, the team’s record. There are no do-overs in the NBA. So the L2M is merely an acknowledgement that the refs weren’t clutch, swallowed the whistle. SMH.

DINWIDDIE’S KICKS

Spencer Dinwiddie honored Harriet Tubman, the abolitionist and political activist who set up the Underground Railroad, a network of safe houses and sympathizers that freed 100,000 slaves in the decades before the Civil War.

One of the “stops” in the railroad was on Duffield Street in downtown Brooklyn, not far from Barclays Center. Find out more here.

For a different perspective, head on over to Bullets Forever, our Wizards sister site on SB Nation.

Next up: It’s the Nets vs. the Cavaliers Monday in Brooklyn. Let us pray.