NEW YORK — One of many NBA’s finest backcourts certain did not play that manner.
And with John Wall and Bradley Beal shut down, the Brooklyn Nets led the Washington Wizards by as many as 40 factors in a 119-84 victory on Friday evening.
Wall scored 10 factors and Beal had solely 4 because the pair mixed to overlook 20 of its 20 pictures.
“You are not going to count on that sort of efficiency from them,” Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie mentioned. “They’re who they’re for a purpose. They’re nice gamers, All-Stars clearly. Simply good preparation and we clearly acquired fortunate just a little bit, too.”
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson had 21 factors and 11 rebounds for the Nets. Caris LeVert scored 17 factors, whereas DeMarre Carroll, Dinwiddie and Nik Stauskas added 15 apiece to assist Brooklyn snap its four-game dropping streak.
Kelly Oubre Jr. had 13 factors for the Wizards.
“It was horrible,” Beal mentioned. “We could not make pictures, get round or defend anyone. It was dangerous. It was actually dangerous. It is actually a kind of video games you wish to neglect about and transfer on to the following one.”
The Nets by no means trailed within the recreation, taking an early 10-point lead earlier than settling for a 26-23 benefit after the primary quarter.
A layup by Hollis-Jefferson with 2:36 left within the second quarter gave the Nets an 11-point lead, and so they went into halftime forward 53-43.
Hollis-Jefferson completed the primary half with 15 factors and eight rebounds.
“You wish to come out, you wish to compete. You wish to be fierce. You wish to be somebody that the fellows look to so far as power and aggressive spirit,” Hollis-Jefferson mentioned. “I really feel that is the beginning of one thing new.”
Dinwiddie, who didn’t rating within the first half, scored 11 straight to provide the Nets a 64-47 lead with 9:24 left within the third quarter. That was adopted by a three-point play by Carroll as Brooklyn went up by 20.
Later within the quarter, Jarrett Allen put collectively a six-point streak to place the Nets up by 30 factors and so they went on to an 88-61 lead heading into the ultimate quarter.
Dinwiddie scored all of his factors in that decisive third quarter.
The lead continued to develop, this time with Stauskas taking the lead function. He made three consecutive Three-pointers, added a free throw and hit a driving layup with Three:32 remaining to provide the Nets a 116-76 bulge.
“We acquired our butts kicked, myself included,” mentioned Wizards coach Scott Brooks. “We simply appeared a step sluggish all the way in which. We have to indicate extra resolve and we did not try this tonight.”
Allen completed with 10 factors.
Wall solely performed 16 minutes. He missed 9 video games (Nov. 25-Dec. 12) with a sore left knee and Washington went Four-5 throughout that span.
“I used to be going to play him simply eight minutes within the first half and get him most of his minutes within the second, however we did not maintain the sport shut,” Brooks mentioned.
Total, Washington shot 36.6 p.c, whereas Brooklyn related on half its pictures.