By Dave Johnson
In the second half during a time out Friday at Barclay’s Center a woman proposed marriage to a man. He said yes. The crowd roared, but Nets fans in Brooklyn were already used to being pleasantly stunned in a 95-78 win over the Washington Wizards
Here is today’s Wizards Report:
Long before the young romantic couple turned the Nets game into their engagement party, Deron Williams had his own party. He scored 23 points in the first quarter to help the Nets to a 38-14 lead and set a record with nine three-pointers in the first half. Williams topped 40 points for the fourth time in his career as he finished with 42.
“The first quarter he really launch padded Brooklyn into what they were doing. He put on a shooting show. On nine of the threes he hit it was hard to get the ball out of his hands because it was in transition just coming up on the three point line. There was no pick and roll, no situation like that. Deron got hot; I don’t know if I’ve ever seen anything quite like that before, what he did in the first half.”
While Williams handled the scoring, Reggie Evans dominated on the boards. The Nets finished with an amazing 61-44 advantage in rebounds. Evans pulled in a career-high 24 rebounds to go with his 11 points. Evans was 5 of 16 from the free throw line and in the fourth quarter the Wizards intentionally fouled him in an effort to help their comeback bid.
To the Wizards' credit, they challenged the Nets after getting down by as many as 27 points. In the second half the Wizards outscored the Nets 45-36. The Wizards ratcheted up their defense over the final two quarters when they held the Nets to 27 percent shooting from the field and forced them into 10 turnovers.
For the game the Nets won despite only shooting 39 percent from the field and committing 19 turnovers. The Wizards did not have the offensive punch to answer back. The Wizards shot only 35 percent from the field. During one stretch of the second half when the Nets missed six straight field goals, the Wizards only managed to go 2 of 9 from the field.
The door was opened for the Wizards to ambush a victory, but the offensive firepower just wasn’t there. John Wall led the Wizards in scoring with 19 points on 6 of 19 from the field. On the plus side the Wizards were better with the ball. After committing 24 turnovers against the Timberwolves, the Wizards only had 11 against the Nets with Wall only turning it over once.
The Wizards have to move on. It is the Charlotte Bobcats tonight.
Coverage of the Wizards and Bobcats from Verizon Center begins at 7:45 on the Washington Wizards Radio Network.
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