Wizards-Nets instant analysis

Wizards-Nets instant analysis
March 8, 2013, 8:00 pm
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The Wizards lost their second game in a row Friday, falling 95-78 to the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center.

Player of the game: Deron Williams set a career- and franchise-high with 11 three-pointers –- nine in the first half, also an NBA record. He made his first eight en route to 42 points on 15-for-24 shooting, including 11 of 16 on three-pointers. 

The rundown: The Nets (36-26) scored the first 16 points, and the Wizards (19-41) didn't score until 7:58 remained in the first quarter.  Williams was able to run down the court either with the ball or to receive it in rhythm as he tallied 20 of the Nets’ first 26 points. The Wizards cut it to 28-9 on a layup from Nene, but Williams was unmarked as he canned another three.  After trailing by as many as 27, the Wizards went on a 16-8 run the last seven minutes of the third quarter to trail 74-58 going into the fourth.  A three-pointer by A.J. Price cut it to 13 points with 9:05 with reserves Garrett Temple, Cartier Martin, Trevor Booker and Kevin Seraphin also on the floor. The Wizards, however, ran out of gas and never could get it back to single digits.

Turning point: Williams collected the ball on the opening tip for the Nets and scored 33 points in the first half, equal to the Wizards’ total output in that span. They led 59-33 at the break.

No confidence: Wall gave up on his jump shot early after he missed his first three shots. In the second quarter, he had two open shots inside right elbow and deferred. Williams went underneath the screen and instead of taking the shot Wall passed it to Chris Singleton in traffic. Singleton passed it back to Wall who was still open. He passed it out to the perimeter to Martin. Wall finished 6-for-19 for a team-high 16 points. He only had three assists but just one turnover.

Batting clean-up: Nets F Reggie Evans had 14 rebounds by halftime and finished with 24, a career high. That was more than starting PF Nene and C Emeka Okafor combined (14). Evans also had 11 points.

Back in action: Martin made his first appearance in 28 games, coming in during the waning minutes of the first quarter. He had a hyper-extended knee. Singleton didn't play in the previous game at Minnesota, appeared too. F Jan Vesely, who averaged 12 minutes in the previous two games, didn't play  until the final two minutes of the fourth. 

Who’s next: Saturday vs. Charlotte Bobcats, 8 p.m. ET on CSN.  The Bobcats (13-48) were routed by the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday night, 116-94.