February 23, 2020

Wizards open preseason with overtime loss to Jason Kidd’s Nets

The Washington Wizards rallied after trailing by as many as 13 points deep into the third quarter, but they did so only to fall in overtime, 111-106, to the Brooklyn Nets.

Nene and John Wall led the Wizards’ efforts with 19 and 16 points, respectively, but Brooklyn head coach Jason Kidd allowed the Nets’ newest additions plenty of time to show their stuff against a Washington team determined to erase memories of last season’s disappointments. In efforts to make up for Emeka Okafor’s absence, Jan Vesely led Washington with 12 rebounds on the day, although he did tally twice as many fouls than points in his 28:22 on the court.

Despite the fact the Nets committed 24 turnovers, the Wizards’ 23 seemed to make all the difference.

“This team is not going to get over the top until they take better care of the basketball,” Wizards head coach Randy Wittman said after the game. “What did we have, 23 turnovers…we forced 24 but we gave up 23. Start of the third quarter I think six out of the first seven or five out of the first six possessions were turnovers, and then they put it up to eight, nine, 10 whatever it was during that stretch. We were just too careless.” [Read more…]

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