If you were tuning in to see whether the Washington Wizards continued their impressive winning ways you are going to be disappointed as the Brooklyn Nets dominated them 95-78 in New York.
Nothing quite sums up just how bad this game was than the fact that Brooklyn’s Deron Williams broke the record for three-pointers in a half by hitting nine leading the Nets in scoring. At one point at the start of the second half Williams had as many points, 33, as the entire Wizards. At one point, Williams was the only player to hit a three in the entire game, until Washington’s Martell Webster hit one at the start of the second half.
It was ugly early for the Wizards. Brooklyn jumped out to an impressive 16-0 lead and never looked back. Washington got into foul trouble early, with 13 through the third quarter and 28 total for the game. Williams was unstoppable all night and really spurred the Nets to a big lead early and helped them sustain a Nets team that at one point doubled up the Wizards in the second quarter and lead by 26 at the half.
Williams would keep on shooting and fell just one three short of tying the NBA record for three-pointers in the game, hitting 11 downtown buckets. Unlike Williams’ hot shooting, the Wizards shot a miserable 36-percent and really struggled to put the ball in the basket. Just about the only consistent offensive Wizard was John Wall, who has struggled lately, but scored 16 points throughout the game.
Nene was also a bit of a force for Washington, but it just was not quite enough to pull the Wizards back into the game.
Brooklyn would back off a bit, but still maintained control at all times and cruised to a 17 point win. It is the story of two teams heading in completely different directions as the Nets are pushing to be a playoff favorite and the Wizards clearly trending back towards the bottom of the Eastern Conference.
Washington will look to reverse that trend Saturday night when they welcome the Charlotte Bobcats to the Verizon Center.