January 23, 2020

Washington Wizards Game 24 Recap: Nene’s return helps lift Wizards over Brooklyn

After missing four games with right foot tendinitis, Nene returned to the Washington Wizards lineup in time to help the squad to a 113-107 win, snapping the Brooklyn Nets’ three-game winning streak Wednesday night.

Nene posted 17 points off the bench and added three rebounds, but it was John Wall who powered much of the Wizards’ run with 21 points and six assists to help counter the season-high 27 points notched by Brooklyn’s Paul Pierce.

Brook Lopez proved the first menace to the Wizards’ defense. Washington gifted Brooklyn’s center six free throws in the first quarter alone and he broke through with a jumper and two-point shot to keep the Nets within two, down 30-28, to start the second quarter.

After a rather quiet start to the second quarter, Wall and Nene made their presence known with less than five minutes remaining in the half.

Wall went back-to-back with a layup and 25-footer to make it 50-43 Washington and Nene added another six points in a grand total of 45 seconds via a jumper, layup and two free throws. Needless to say, the Wizards nearly carried a 10-point lead to halftime, but Lopez’s final basket of the half made it 59-53 Wizards.

Washington held Brooklyn at bay in the third quarter but gained momentum on Nene’s driving dunk, which helped take the Wizards to an 85-77 lead into the final 12 minutes of basketball.

Pierce and Lopez did their best to ignite Brooklyn’s offense, but a driving dunk by Wall and a host of made free throws kept the Nets out of reach. All told, the Wizards went 25-for-30 on free throws, compared to Brooklyn’s 20-for-24. They also created their own opportunities by recording 51 rebounds, compared to the Nets’ 31.

With the win, the Wizards are 5-8 in away games, which brings the team just just two victories away from matching last season’s total road wins. In 2012-2013, Washington went 7-34 on the road.

About Alyssa Wolice

Alyssa Wolice is a Staff Writer for District Sports Page covering the Nationals and Wizards. As a former production assistant, she covered the Nationals, Redskins, Capitals, Wizards, D.C. United and local collegiate teams. You can follow Alyssa on Twitter @awolice.

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