Game in a nutshell: With the stars on both sides sitting, except PG John Wall, the Wizards jumped out to a 30-13 lead. They shot 63% in the first half (24 of 38) as Wall tallied nine points and eight assists. PF Jan Vesely made 4 of 5 shots and SF Cartier Martin grabbed six rebounds. The Wizards had 23-13 edge in rebounds and 16-6 in assists, but they also had 12 turnovers and allowed the Nets to shoot 49% (22 of 45). That’s why the lead was trimmed to 56-50 at the break. Wizards backup C Kevin Seraphin scored seven points in an 11-4 run as the lead increased to 75-65. But they failed to convert a field goal for the final 3:43 and Brooklyn pulled to 77-73 going into the fourth. A three-pointer by Tyshawn Taylor drew them to 92-91 with less than six minutes left. Taylor's three with 22 seconds left established the winning margin. He had 14 points and was 3-for-3 on three-pointers. That equaled his total shots made from long range on the season. Wall only shot 5-for-19 but finished with a team-high 18 points and a game-high 12 assists.
Positive response: Nene challenged the Wizards’ role players in the post to do better and Seraphin answered the call. Without having to contend with Nets C Brooks Lopez, Seraphin went 8-for-12 for a team-high 17 points and seven rebounds. PF Trevor Booker had a season-high 16 points and a game-high 13 rebounds (also tying a season high), six of those rebounds coming on the offensive glass. Booker’s tip-in tied the score at 98.
All Dray: Nets F Andray Blatche started in the middle with Lopez sitting out along with PG Deron Williams, SG Joe Johnson, PF Reggie Evans and SF Keith Bogans. Blatche, who was with the Wizards from 2005-12, finished with team highs of 20 points and 12 rebounds. Blatche forced shots in the second half and seemed out of sync, but he had a lay up from an offensive rebound that gave the Nets the lead for good at 103-101 with 55.5 seconds left.
Error-prone: The Wizards had 20 turnovers that translated into 22 points for Brooklyn. With a chance to take the lead with 1:14 in the game, Seraphin threw an errant pass that as stolen by SF Kris Joseph which led to Blatche's go-ahead basket.
Sore spots: As expected, PF Nene (sore left foot/right knee) didn't play and won’t play in the finale. The same goes for SFs Trevor Ariza (sore left knee) and Martell Webster (abdominal strain). C Emeka Okafor started but only played 10 minutes in the first half because of a sprained right ankle. He didn't return.
Who’s next: Wednesday at Chicago Bulls, 8 p.m. ET on CSN