The Brooklyn Nets outscore the Wizards 42-18 in the fourth quarter and end up crushing the Wizards, 117-80. John Wall rested for the second straight game but things probably wouldn’t have been all too different if he played. The Nets were more desperate and the Wizards looked like they were just running through the motions all night.
Believe it or not, the Wizards started out up 5-0. Brooklyn was quick to counter with an 11-0 run of their own. The Wizards would go ice cold for the rest of the first quarter and committed six turnovers in the period. The Nets on the other hand started out 12-22 from the field and jumped out to a 31-14 lead.
Brooke Lopez had as many points in the first quarter as the Wizards; it was that kind of night.
The cold shooting continued in the second as the Wizards started the quarter 0-5 from the field. The Nets announcers were quick to point out that the Wizards took forever to get into their offensive sets. This was apparent as the Wizards had three 24 second shot clock violations at the midway point of the second quarter.
Towards the end of the quarter, Bradley Beal started to get things going. After hitting a tough fadeaway jumper on the baseline, Beal backed that up with two drives to the hole including a strong throw down in transition. Beal capped the quarter off with an off the dribble three pointer; something the Wiz faithful have been begging he add to his arsenal. The 14 points by Beal in the second enabled the Wiz to cut the lead to 16 and trailed 54-38.
Beal continued his hot shooting hitting back to back threes to start the third quarter. Marcin Gortat followed that up with a floater in the lane and the Wizards were in striking distance down just 10 at the 9:57 mark. That run came to a quick halt as Bojan Bogdanovic hit a three for the Nets. Bogdanovic finished 6-6 from three point range.
Marcin Gortat had a very nice third quarter. Most of his points coming on offensive rebound put backs. The Wizards oddly didn’t run very many plays for Gortat even though he finished the game with 21 points and 16 rebounds on 9-11 shooting.
The Wizards trailed 75-62 after the third quarter and were well within striking distance.
The wobbly wheels completely fell off in the fourth quarter. Bradley Beal opened up the quarter with an air ball and then it was turnovers and more turnovers for the team.
The Nets started the quarter on a 20-1 run including three threes from Bogdonovic to start the period. That would be that as the Wizards would get outscored 42-18 in the fourth and get blown out 117-80.