Hey, a game broke out in the second half. A different Wizards team showed up after the break -- and, well, a different Nets team was on the court, too. In the end, John Wall dagger'd New Jersey with a pair of foul-line jumpers, sending the Wizards to a 98-92 win against the Nets.
The effort was reminiscent of the fourth quarter against the Raptors on Friday as the Wizards kept fighting rather than pack it in. This time they finished the job.
The Wizards won the third quarter 28-12 to claw back from a 13-point deficit at the break. The biggest difference was simply that the Nets went ice cold from the field. After shooting 56 percent in the first half, the Nets cut that in half -- finishing the period at 26.7 percent (including just 1-of-8 from behind the arc).
Jordan Crawford and JaVale McGee led the third-quarter charge, scoring 17 combined points. Crawford continued to present himself as a scoring option for the Wizards, and tonight did so without forcing the issue. He finished with 21 points.
John Wall turned in a typical 26 points, eight assists and six rebounds. No points were bigger than the pair of buckets he scored with the game hanging in the balance and his team in need of a closer. If that jumper is here to stay, look out.
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