Wizards Collapse Down Stretch, Fall To 4-27
WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP)–Joe Johnson’s jumper with 0.7 seconds left in the second overtime lifted the Brooklyn Nets to a 115-113 victory over the Washington Wizards on Friday night.
Bradley Beal’s two free throws tied the score at 113 with 9.1 seconds to play before Johnson, who had 18 points, hit the shot that improved Brooklyn to 4-1 under interim coach P.J. Carlesimo.
Brook Lopez had 27 points and 13 rebounds for the Nets, and Deron Williams added 24 points and 10 assists.
Beal had a career-high 24 points. Jordan Crawford scored 23 points and Nene, who fouled out in the first overtime, had 20 for Washington, which lost its fourth in a row and is now 4-27.
After Martell Webster’s jumper gave the Wizards a 106-104 lead to begin the second overtime, Gerald Wallace made a layup and Keith Bogans converted a three-point play and a layup for a 111-106 lead with 3:21 to play.
Beal hit a 3-pointer as the first overtime ended to tie the score at 104. It was the second time Washington extended the game at the horn. Nene hit a hook shot to tie it at 93 in regulation.
The Wizards scored the first eight points of overtime to take a 101-93 lead with 1:27 left, but the Nets later scored eight straight for a 104-101 lead with 3.4 seconds left, before Beal’s shot.
The game featured the return of Andray Blatche, who was let go by Washington last summer after seven stormy seasons. The Wizards used the amnesty provision on Blatche, who was banished from the team by coach Randy Wittman last March for poor conditioning.
Blatche was booed by the crowd when he entered with just under five minutes to play in the first quarter. Moments later, with the crowd still booing, he hit his first shot and then drew laughs when he tripped as he ran down the court. He had 13 points and 12 rebounds.
On Friday morning, Carlesimo joked that he might not play Blatche to save him from the crowd’s reaction.
“Don’t do this to me. This means a lot. I want to go out there and hear the boos. I want to hear everything. I want to have fun,” Blatche said.
“They’re going to react the same way they reacted when I was here. The only thing different is that I don’t play for them now, so I expect it. It’s not going to affect me because you’re supposed to boo me. I’m on the other team.”
The Wizards started off quickly, shooting 9 of 11 as they took a 20-10 lead with 6:27 to play in the first quarter and led 30-20 after one.
In the second quarter, Washington stretched the lead to 36-22 before the Nets hit four consecutive 3-pointers to cut the deficit to two. The Wizards led 55-52 at halftime behind 13 points by Nene and Crawford.
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Following the game, Wizards center Nene wouldn’t talk to the press and would only say that if he talked to the press that he would get fined by the league. Obviously, he wasn’t happy with the officiating.
The lone bright spot of the game was Bradley Beal, who had a career-high 24 points, and Wizards Head Coach Randy Wittman was happy with his effort.
“Bradley [Beal] kept us alive when we should’ve been dead and we should never of been dead to begin with.”
Listen here to what Randy Wittman, Bradley Beal & Garrett Temple had to say following the loss.
Randy Wittman Postgame Audio
Bradley Beal Postgame Audio
Garrett Temple Postgame Audio