Wiz Can't Net 5th Win
Written By Chris C-Ford ---- Friday, January 4, 2013
Written By Jeremy Batka @eastcoastassn
It took double overtime but the Brooklyn Nets escaped the Verizon center Friday night with a 115-113 win in a wild back and forth game.
The Wizards went up 101-93 to start the first extra period, but a combination of stupid fouls and poor defense let the Nets back into the game. Jordan Crawford missed two free throws late in OT that seemed to seal the Wizards fate.
However, with almost no time left rookie Bradley Beal added to an already impressive night by sending the game into double overtime draining one of his two three pointers. Beal had 24 on the night.
In the second overtime the Nets took advantage with Nene on the bench after he fouled out. Kevin Seraphin couldn't cut it. Beal sank two free throws to tie it late but a Joe Johnson's jumper with 0.7seconds left ended the Wizards hopes for a fifth win.
Nene had 20 points on the night while Seraphin scratched just six points on 1-9 shooting.
Jan Vesely also recorded the first ever "Jan-Trick" in NBA history (read on)
Every now and then the Wizards resemble a real NBA team. Now they did blow a 14 point lead in the first half, but if Wizard fans have learned anything this season its that nothing is given to this team.
Tonight was the same familiar story. The Wizards played well enough to win this game for three and a half quarters before allowing Brooklyn to take the lead. It took a Nene running jumper at the end of regulation just to force overtime.
Despite not starting again, Jordan Crawford had 23 points. He kept the Wizards in the game but also made some terrible plays. Crawford is a point guard who dribbles...and dribbles...and dribbles...When Crawford is double teamed he doesn't pass to the open man, he tries to split the defense and take a wild shot. Wittman clearly doesn't like the lack of passing, but playing J-Craw is the only way he can keep the Wizards close.
Offensively the Wizards had one of there most impressive games with 5 players in double digits. But as a team Washington was just 18-31 from the free throw line. Brooklyn was 25-36
Despite getting booed for every move, former Wizard Adray Blatche had a double double with 13 points and 12 rebounds.