Jacob Raim - WashingtonWizards.com
The Wizards and Nets met in both teams’ first preseason action of the season with the Nets finding the win in overtime, 111-106, at Verizon Center. The game featured the debut of Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce in Brooklyn uniforms, with both playing about a quarter, and the coaching debut of
. Garnett finished with 4 points and 7 boards while Pierce had 3 points. The Nets were notably minus Deron Williams and Jason Terry while the Wizards were missing Otto Porter, Emeka Okafor, Trevor Booker and Chris Singleton.
The Wizards first unit came out hot in the first quarter, opening 8/12 from the field and leading the Brooklyn starters 19-14 before Brooklyn went to their second unit. The Wizards big three of Wall, Beal and Nene accounted for 22 of the first 27 points in the ballgame for Washington. The Nets took the lead with a minute to go in the first quarter and would hold it until the Wizards pulled even with two minutes to go in the ballgame on a Glen Rice, Jr. jumper. The Nets would take the lead back on a Mirza Teletovic three and would lead down to the wire with the Wizards getting a final possession with 8 seconds to play down by two. Eric Maynor drove to the bucket and missed a floater but an unbelievable put back dunk by Rice, Jr. with half a second to go sent the game to OT. The Wizards would struggle to find much offensively in OT with the Nets finishing with a 111-106 victory.
Wall's quickness was on display all night, getting to the hoop with ease and finishing with a complete line of 16 points, 8 assists and 5 boards. Nene had little problem with the Nets interior D, shooting 8/11 from the field for 19 points to lead all scorers. The second unit took some time to find their rhythm but eventually settled in as Webster (13 points), Seraphin (13) and Harrington (9) all saw some success offensively. We also saw Harrington's patented defensive move of pulling the chair early on, as he made Blatche hit the deck to force a turnover. Webster was the only Wizard to find success from beyond the 3 point arc as the team finished 2-18 but Webster went 2-3. He was also the Wizards best performer in terms of +/- at +10. Vesely had success on the boards in his 28 minutes of action, grabbing 12 boards, 5 of which came on the offensive end. Rice, Jr. made his NBA debut and acquitted himself well, scoring 12 points including the
game-tying put-back dunk
Emeka Okafor's absence
was noted, with Brook Lopez finding a lot of success in the paint, scoring 15 points on 6/7 shooting in just a quarter of action. Five Brooklyn subs scored in double figures led by Tyshawn Taylor with 16. The Nets also almost doubled up the Wizards in the assist column, 29-15.
The Wizards jetted right after the game to the airport to catch a
ten hour flight to Brazil
where they will face the Bulls on Saturday.