September 30, 2020

Washington Wizards Game 41 Review: Wiz avenge loss to Nets on the road

The Washington Wizards defeated the Brooklyn Nets, 99-90, Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The Wizards bounced back 24 hours after suffering a 102-80 blowout loss to this same Brooklyn team at home.

Kevin Seraphin gave the Wizards the lead for good with 8:07 left, breaking a deadlock at 81. The Wizards outscored the Nets, 18-9, to close the game. Aside from Jarrett Jack’s basket to make it 96-90, the Nets missed five out of their last six shots in the final two minutes as they were trying to keep the game within striking distance.

The Wizards shot only 14 for 27 from the free throw line. With the Nets misfiring down the stretch, the Wizards didn’t have to worry about a free throw shooting contest to finish out the game, because the Nets weren’t even over the limit until very late in the game.

It was a night and day difference in the matchup between the two frontcourts over a 24-hour period. On Friday night, Brook Lopez dominated off the Nets bench with 26 points, while Nene, Marcin Gortat, and Kevin Seraphin were all held in single digits in Washington. In the rematch in Brooklyn, Nene scored 20 while Gortat got 10 points with 16 rebounds. Lopez scored 15 points, but only 2 were scored in the second half.

Jack continued his strong play against the Wizards. After scoring 26 points, dishing out seven assists, grabbing six rebounds, making two steals and blocking one shot in his head-to-head point guard matchup against Wizards star John Wall on Friday night, Jack followed that up with 22 points and eight assists.

After the Nets called a 20-second timeout when the Wizards opened a 7-5 first quarter lead, the Nets took the lead for the rest of the half, going into halftime with a 51-50 lead. It was a tight game throughout, with periods where the two teams just traded baskets. Neither team led by more than nine, including the Wizards’ final margin.

Coming out of halftime, the Nets built their biggest lead at 63-56 with 7:43 left in the third quarter on Bojan Bogdanovich’s jumper. The Wizards responded with a 10-0 run, punctuated by Nene’s emphatic windmill slam off a feed from Paul Pierce with 3:28 left in the quarter.

The Wizards pushed their lead out to 74-65 with 1:00 left in the third, but the Nets rallied to tie the game at 81 on Brook Lopez’s free throw with 8:27 left in the game.

Kris Humphries contributed valuable frontcourt minutes off the bench with 13 points, along with Seraphin’s 12. Humphries established himself quickly in the game by hitting a couple of 19-footers and added a free throw for an off the ball foul at the beginning of the second quarter.

After scoring only six points on Friday night, Joe Johnson contributed 15 points to the Nets’ cause on Saturday.

About Derek Norin

Derek Norin is a Contributor to District Sports Page. He is also the Washington Capitals correspondent for Pro Hockey News and is a contributor to Talk the Red. Derek was a copy editor for three different student publications at Ohio State and was a founder of the newspaper, the OSU Sentinel, that would become the OSU Rubicon today. Derek has been a member of SABR, SIHR, and PFRA. Derek put together www.capshistory.com, a history of the Capitals franchise told in Youtube videos. You can follow Derek on Twitter @dereknorin.

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