The Washington Wizards came into Friday’s game with a three-game winning streak against the Brooklyn Nets with one of its starters on injured reserve.
That didn’t matter as the Nets outscored the Wizards 27-9 from behind the arc to win 115-104 and halt Brooklyn’s three-game skid.
“We couldn’t generate enough [3-pointers] and we couldn’t knock down any shots,” said Wizards head coach Scott Brooks. “They were clogging up the paint and we just didn’t have any going offensively.”
Brooks said the main problem stemmed on defense, especially guarding a man one-on-one.
Brooklyn reserve guard Spencer Dinwiddie lead the Nets with 25 points and eight assists.
Starting point guard D’Angelo Russell scored 23 points along with six assists. Together, Russell and Dinwiddie shot 16-for-29, or 55 percent, from the floor.
The Nets recorded 13 fast break points and the Wizards only two. Also, Brooklyn (7-9) converted 19 points from Washington’s 13 turnovers.
Both teams shot 42 percent from the floor, each recorded 47 total rebounds nearly the same total in assists. Brooklyn got one more with 19.
Washington (5-10) also attempted its fewest number of 3-pointers with 17, making only three.
Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal, who scored 20 points on 8-of-19 shooting, attributed one word to the defeat: “pride.”
“Guard your damn man,” he said. “That’s what [Brooks] wants us to do.”
Meanwhile, Wizards point guard John Wall was called for a flagrant foul on Dinwiddie with 59 seconds left in the fourth quarter. After the game, he said he didn’t agree with the foul call and one of the Nets’ coaches talked to him from the bench.
“I jumped straight up. He jumped off one leg and momentum [carried] and we hit body-to-body. He falls,” Wall said. “[A coach] was talking crazy so I let him have it.”
In the defeat, Wizards center Dwight Howard had another big game with 25 points and 17 rebounds. However, he fouled out with four minutes left and Washington trailing 111-94.
“We have to get better at communicating on defense. Continue to talk and continue to learn from one another,” Howard said. “We just have to stay positive and continue to work as hard as we can. I think it’s going to turn around for us.”
Washington continues its homestand Sunday against the Portland Trail Blazers and Tuesday against the Los Angeles Clippers.