The Brooklyn Nets were defeated in overtime by the Washington Wizards, 108-112, on Friday night and fell to 2-3 on the season. Fueled by Nene in particular, Washington tied the game with 1.3 seconds left in the fourth quarter, before outscoring Brooklyn 13-9 in overtime.
For the Nets, Brook Lopez had a very strong first half but struggled to get involved in Brooklyn’s offense in the second half. He finished with a team high 23 points on 10-14 shooting in 37:11 of playing time, added 5 rebounds, and stayed out of foul trouble.
Andray Blatche, in a return trip to Washington, added a team high 13 rebounds to go along with 10 points and a team high +10. He had an embarrassing moment late in the game. The Washington Wizards have a give-away where all fans in attendance at their games receive a coupon for a free Chick-fil-A sandwich when an opposing player misses two consecutive free throws. Blatche, known for poor conduct while he was a member of the Wizards, unfortunately missed a pair of free throws late in the game to give the Washington fans coupons for free chicken.
Lopez and Blatche were outplayed by their counterparts on the Wizards, Nene and Marcin Gortat, in the second half. Nene finished with 20 points and 8 rebounds and Gortat had 15 points, 12 rebounds, and a team high +20. The former Boston Celtics, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett both played poorly in this game and each finished with 4 points on a combined 3-16 shooting. Joe Johnson had a solid game – 16 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 assists. Deron Williams sometimes struggled to get a burst off his injured ankle, and finished 5-14 from the field (14 PTS) and with just 3 assists.
The Nets started the game off well and held a large lead midway through the second quarter, fueled largely by Lopez and Blatche. Washington’s bench looked over-matched in that first half, even though the first player off Washington’s bench, Al Harrington, caught fire from three point territory (4-6 3PT). The second player off Washington’s bench, Martell Webster, was held scoreless, and it is telling that Washington’s starters all played many minutes.
Off Brooklyn’s bench, Alan Anderson provided a spark in the second half and Jason Terry scored two consecutive three pointers in the first half. Shaun Livingston made a number of nice plays and finished with 12 points in 22 minutes. Andrei Kirilenko made a beautiful steal off an inbounds pass in the first half, but shockingly did not appear in the fourth quarter or overtime.
The Nets are back at it on Saturday night against Paul George and the undefeated Indiana Pacers as they try to return to .500 on the season.