City Sports Report

Nets End Eight-Game Losing Streak, Defeat Wizards, 97-89 by Derrel “Jazz” Johnson

The New Jersey Nets led by as much as 23, their largest lead of the season, when Jordan Farmar scored with 4:46 left in the second quarter to put them up 48-25, but the Washington Wizards would go come back to tie the game at 75 on an Al Thorton basket with 8:52 left in the game.  The Nets never reliquished the lead, and were able to close out the game and win, 97-89.
“Our guys came out, they were focused, and we had a big first quarter” Net Coach Avery Johnson said after the game, referring to the 32-17 lead the Nets had after the first quarter.  He added “I really believe that set the tone for the entire game.  It took a lot of energy for them to get back in the game when we had that 23-point lead.”
When asked how it feels to break the losing streak, Net center Brook Lopez jokingly exclaimed “How do you think?  It feels good. We just want to string it together now.”  Kris Humphries added “We didn’t play perfect, we choked up a lead but at the end of the day it’s a win and we’ve got to build on something, so we’re building right here.”
The Nets were lead by Devin Harris, who scored 29 points and dished out 9 assists.  Lopez added 18 points and 5 rebounds, and Humphries scored 12 while pulling down 17 rebounds and blocking 2 shots.  Travis Outlaw came off the bench to score 13 points.
Nick Young came off the bench to lead the Wizards with 22 points.  Gilbert Arenas scored 19 points with 9 assists, while Thorton added 18 points.  Trevor Booker scored 11 and grabbed 9 rebounds, and Kirk Hinrich scored 10 while dishing out 6 assists.
The Wizards remain winless on the road, at 0-13, and tied their second-longest road losing streak in franchise history.  It is also their worst road start in team history.
The Nets set season-highs with 32-first quarter points, a 15-point first quarter lead, and a 17-point halftime lead.  The Nets ended a five-game losing streak to the Wizards, with the last Net victory coming on February 4, 2009, 115-88.
The Nets host the Toronto Raptors at the Prudential Center tonight at 7pm.

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