That was just what the doctor ordered. The Wizards rout the Nets 114-77 behind 17 points from John Wall to end their five game losing skid. Bradley Beal did not play tonight for the Wizards as he re-aggravated his toe injury in the Charlotte game.
The Nets were playing the second half of a back to back where they beat Toronto in Toronto the night before. They had no energy and the Wizards took advantage of their heavy legs. The Wizards were looking to get out in transition early and often. They won the battle of fast break points 18-3 with the Nets’ three points coming in garbage time.
The Wizards got the screen and roll game going with Gortat again as he converted on two easy layups in the first quarter. This was lacking from their game plan during the losing skid and it was clear that they wanted to get Gortat involved early. The Wiz raced out to a 28-19 lead after the first quarter and never looked back.
All reserves started the second quarter and they were able to extend the Wizards lead. Rasual Butler came in and hit his first bucket off the bench. This was reminiscent of the Rasual we’ve come to know and love through the first 45 games of the season. The Wizards clamped down on defense and held the Nets to a 6:50 field goal drought in the quarter. The Wiz were up 58-38 at half and the rout was officially on.
The Wizards were very active on defense and stretched their lead to start the third quarter; something they have not been doing as of late. Nene hit back to back shots to open the quarter followed by a reverse layup from Otto Porter to stretch the lead to 23.
John Wall was hot from 3 point land in this one connecting on 3-5 for the game and 2-3 in the third quarter. John Wall went all And-1 on Brooklyn throwing a no look pass the Seraphin down low for the easy dunk. The Wiz were up 89-61 at the end of the third quarter and the starters would sit the rest of the game. The reserves were able to extend the lead to 37 as the Wiz close this one out 114-77.
Nice to get this monkey off our back. Up next is Orlando at home on Monday.