Wizards Vs. Nets: Shorthanded Wiz Come Back From 23-Point Deficit, But Fall Short In 97-89 Loss To Nets

The Nets were the only team in the Eastern Conference worse than the Wizards, but that didn't matter to New Jersey, who jumped on Washington early and held on for a 97-89 win.

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Wizards Vs. Nets: Wizards Come Back From 23 Point Deficit, But Fall Short In 97-89 Loss

The Washington Wizards entered Thursday's game against the New Jersey Nets with many streaks in hand. The Wizards had yet to win a road game in 12 chances, but had won five straight over the Nets, including four straight on the road. Couple that with the fact that the Nets were the only team in the Eastern Conference worse than the Wizards and the first road victory looked to be within reach.

But despite coming back from a 23-point deficit, the Wizards left Newark with yet another road loss in a 97-89 defeat.

Nick Young led the Wizards with 22 points and four other WIzards scored in double figures. Gilbert Arenas scored 19 points and dished out nine assists, while Kirk Hinrich scored all 10 of his points in the second half.

Former Wizards draft pick Devin Harris had 29 points and nine assists for the Nets, who snapped their own eight-game losing streak. Brook Lopez added 18 points.

Washington got off to a slow start in the first half, having more personal fouls (21) than field goals (11). The Wizards entered the second half down 17, but cut the lead to 7 behind Arenas' three three-pointers. In the fourth quarter, the WIzards tied the game at 75, but could never take the lead. 

The Wizards, who were without John Wall, Andray Blatche and Yi Jianlian, will now head back to Verizon Center for a matchup against LeBron James and the Miami Heat Saturday.

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Wizards Vs. Nets: Kirk Hinrich Helps Cut Nets' Lead To 74-67

The WIzards looked pretty defeated after trailing by 17 at halftime and by as many as 23 to the lowly New Jersey Nets, but Kirk Hinrich wouldn't let Washington go away without a fight. Hinrich scored eight points in the third quarter to push the WIzards within seven of the Nets, 74-67.

Gilbert Arenas hit three three-pointers to help cut the lead down to as low as five, but offensive rebounding and second-chance points for New Jersey kept the Wizards at bay. 

As time expired, Kris Humphries attempted to tip in a missed layup, but was fouled at the buzzer. Humphries would miss both free throws to keep the score at 74-67.

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Wizards Vs. Nets: Wizards Commit Twice As Many Fouls As Field Goals, Trail Nets By 17 At Halftime

Someone must have forgotten to tell the New Jersey Nets that they are the worst team in the Eastern Conference. The Nets, losers of eight straight, are dominating the WIzards and lead 55-38 at halftime.

Nick Young once again leads the Wizards with 15 points. Young has averaged over 18 points per game over the last five games. Al Thornton has 10 points, while Trevor Booker has eight points and five rebounds,

For the Nets, Brook Lopez has 12 points and four rebounds, Devin Harris has eight points and four assists and Travis Outlaw has 10 points.

The Wizards found themselves in foul trouble early, committing 10 fouls in the first quarter to New Jersey's four. But both teams committed 11 in the second quarter, leaving Washington with 21 fouls. The Nets have made 19 free throws to the Wizards' 16, but the Wizards made only 11 field goals in the first half.

Neither team has made a three-point field goal. Adding up all of these statistics makes the halftime score even more perplexing. 

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Wizards Vs. Nets: Wizards Get Into Foul Trouble, Trail 32-17 After First Quarter

Either the New Jersey Nets are playing really well or the Wizards are playing really bad. The Nets, the Eastern Conference's worst team, are leading the Wizards 32-17 after the first quarter.

Al Thornton and Nick Young combined for 11 of their Wizards' 17 points. The Wizards almost had as many fouls as points; Washington had 10 personal fouls in the first quarter, with JaVale McGree, Kirk Hinrich and Kevin Seraphin each committing two.

The Wizards are still looking for a road win, but the Nets are looking to snap their own losing streak. Brook Lopez led the Nets with 11 points and three rebounds, while Travis Outlaw added 10 points.

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Wizards Vs. Nets: Shorthanded Wiz Seek First Road Win Against Lowly Nets

The Wizards are 0-12 on the road, their longest road losing streak in 12 years. Washington, however, has a long-running winning streak against the New Jersey Nets. The shorthanded Wizards will look to kill two birds with one stone tonight in Newark against the Nets.

Washington hasn't lost 13 straight away from home since 1999-2000 when they lost 15 in a row. Yet, the Wizards have won four straight in New Jersey and five straight overall against the Nets. 

If the Wizards want to break their winless streak, they will have to do it shorthanded. Yi Jianlian is out for at least two weeks with a MCL sprain, while John Wall and Andray Blatche have been sitting out recently with injuries of their own. In their absence, Nick Young is averaging 18.2 points in his past five games.

Meanwhile, the Nets have lost eight straight and are the worst team in the Eastern Conference. 

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