Story By: Richard Thomas
Photos By: Sol Tucker
Just a few weeks ago the Wizards match-up against the Nets was a little more even, tonight it looked as if the Nets didn’t even actually exit the bus and enter the Verizon Center as the Wizards recorded their most lopsided victory of the season 114-77.
Prior to the game tonight many were questioning whether some of the Wizards started should have a bit of a rest, well they got some of that, but it wasn’t by choice it was by performance.
“I didn’t care how much our starters got rest. We needed a win,” Washington coach Randy Wittman said.
“It’s not so much you’re in a rut and not playing the way that we’re capable of. That’s going to happen. It’s reacting and how you get out of it. Throughout a couple of games in this stretch, we were kind of hoping we’d go out and win a game. We need to win a game instead of going out and taking it and being aggressive.”
Brooklyn at time just looked disoriented on the court and players who normally hit shots couldn’t even find the rim. They also played without Kevin Garnett.
It was the seventh time this season Garnett has been held out of a second half of a back-to-back. The game was delayed late in the first quarter when Brooklyn Center Mason Plumlee knocked over a vendor carrying a tray of beers.
“I sensed in the locker room before the game that we didn’t have energy and carried over into the start of the game,” Brooklyn coach Lionel Hollins said.