Wall, Wizards top Nets

Updated: December 18, 2013

Brooklyn, NY (SportsNetwork.com) – John Wall led a balanced Washington offense
with 21 points as the Wizards came through with a 113-107 victory over the
Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center.

Wall was one of seven Wizards in double figures in Washington’s second
straight win on the heels of a four-game slide. Nene returned from an Achilles
injury to record 17 points off the bench, with Trevor Ariza and Bradley Beal
each contributing 15 points and Trevor Booker registering a double-double of
10 points and 10 rebounds.

The Nets couldn’t build off Monday’s 36-point win over Philadelphia despite
Paul Pierce’s 27 points on 10-of-12 shooting and Brook Lopez’s 22 points on a
7-of-11 success rate. Joe Johnson finished with 20 points in defeat.

Washington never trailed after grabbing a 41-40 edge on two Kevin Seraphin
free throws midway through the second quarter, which started an 11-3 run that
Wall capped with a 3-pointer that staked the Wizards to a 50-43 lead.

An Ariza three in the final minute of the half stretched Washington’s
advantage to double digits, though Brooklyn was able to close within 59-53 at
the break on a Lopez hook that followed a pair of Pierce free throws.

Wall netted the final four points of a 7-0 spurt that put the Wizards up 79-67
with four minutes left in the third quarter, and Washington still led by a
dozen after Nene’s jumper just over two minutes into the fourth made it a
91-79 game.

The Nets then made a late bid, with Johnson and Pierce leading an 11-2 flurry
that ended with the latter’s driving layup that trimmed the deficit to 93-90
with 6:20 left. Brooklyn was down by just one with 1:57 to play after Deron
Williams canned a short jumper to make it 101-100.

Washington responded with seven straight points, though. Marcin Gortat put
back a Wall miss and Beal followed with a 3-pointer before Nene all but sealed
the victory by hitting a pair from the line, putting the Wizards up 107-100
with 56.9 seconds to go.

The Wizards went 7-of-8 from the charity stripe in the final minute and
finished the contest 25-of-30 from the line.

Game Notes

Williams tied a season high with 13 assists in addition to scoring 15 points
… Lopez returned from a two-game absence caused by a sprained ankle … Nene
had missed Washington’s previous four outings … The Wizards went 12-of-20
from 3-point range, with Beal and Wall each going 3-of-4 from long range …
Washington’s Trevor Booker pulled down a game-high 13 rebounds.