The Wizards bounce back with a 99-90 win over the Nets behind outstanding games from the Wiz’ starting front court, Nene and Marcin Gortat. Nene led the team in scoring with 20 points on 8-12 shooting. Gortat, Wall, Beal, Humphries, and Seraphin all reached double digits in scoring. The Win moves the Wizards to 28-13 at the midway point of the season.
The Wizards looked hungry and focused after last night’s embarrassing 22 point loss. This was shown on the first play of the game as the Wizards had three shots and finally did score on a put back from Gortat. Bradley Beal was very aggressive from the start. Beal had a sneakily great stat line of 17 points, nine rebounds, and eight assists. He messed around and quietly almost got a triple double.
Coach Wittman started all reserves in the second quarter. He was quick to put Beal back in as he was the most aggressive player tonight.
The Nets played tough tonight though and would not back down. Jarrett Jack had another nice game scoring 22 points on 10-18 shooting. Joe Johnson and Brooke Lopez chipped in with 15 points a piece as well. When Brooke Lopez got inserted midway through the first, he was very active on the offensive glass with a nice jump shot and put back tip-in. This had Wizards fans thinking “please not again.”
The Wizards used a 18-2 run down the stretch in the third quarter to take a nine point advantage. Rasual Butler hit an arching rainbow three to end the third quarter and the Wiz were up 77-70. And you know what happens when the Wiz are leading after three quarters right? They win.
Kevin Seraphin provided some very valuable play in the fourth. He went right at Brooke Lopez and showed off some nice post moves that the Wizards faithful have yet to see. Additionally, 13 points on 6-7 shooting from Kris Humphries elevated the bench’s play and enabled the Wiz to pull away and win.
The Wiz are currently 28-13 and second overall in the eastern conference.