Wizards-Nets instant analysis

Wizards-Nets instant analysis
February 8, 2013, 9:00 pm
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A recap of the Washington Wizards 89-74 win over the Brooklyn Nets:

How it happened:

After leading by one after the first quarter, Washington opened the second quarter on a 17-1 run. Meanwhile the Nets shot 0-for-12 from the field during that span.
Things got so bad Brooklyn’s first field goal in the quarter didn’t come until the 3:36 mark. Brooklyn’s 11 points tied the lowest amount in any quarter for a Wizards opponent this season.

What it means:

The Wizards have now won nine of their last 10 games at Verizon Center and are 9-7 since John Wall returned from injury. But its not just the return of Wall. The number one reason behind Washington’s improvement is their commitment to defense. They’ve now held opponents under 100 points in eight straight games and 16 of their last 18.

Injury update:

Bradley Beal made his return to the lineup after missing five games with a sprained right wrist. The reigning Eastern Conference rookie of the month scored three points on 1-of-5 shooting in 18 minutes.

Important note:

Although this was his second game back at Verizon Center fans made sure to welcome Andray Blatche home with an out pouring of boo’s. Blatche and 13 points and 12 rebounds in his first trip back but managed just five points Friday.

What’s next?

This was the Wizards last home game before the All-Star break. They have games on Monday and Wednesday of next week at Milwaukee and Detroit before getting almost a week off. While no Wizards will take part in the big game on Sunday both Bradley Beal (rookie-sophomore game) and assistant coach Sam Cassell (shooting stars competition) will be a part of the festivities.