Nene returned to the lineup and provided a huge boost, scoring 17 points as the Wizards completed the New York sweep in beating the Nets at Barclays, 113-107. The Wizards have struggled without Nene in the lineup this year and his impact was certainly felt back in the lineup tonight, as he came off the bench to score 17 points on 6/10 shooting in 23 minutes. The story of the game was rebounding, as the Wizards outrebounded the Nets by a dominant margin, 51-31, including 19 offensive boards for the Wizards. The game was push and pull all night but it was always the Wizards who had the edge. Washington was up by as many as 12 in the second half and as few as two, but they never relinquished the lead and held on at the end. John Wall's huge block of a driving Deron Williams with the Nets down five and under a minute to play really punctuated the victory. Wall led the Wizards with 20 points including 3/4 from beyond the arc. The Wizards as a team shot 12/20 from beyond the three point line, their second game in a row shooting at least 60% from three point range. Seven Wizards got into double figures with Ariza and Beal having 15, Webster with 13 and Seraphin and Gortat scoring 10. Trevor Booker grabbed 13 boards including a career high nine of the offensive variety. For the Nets, Paul Pierce turned back the clock to score a season high 27. - Jacob Raim
The word from pregame is that Nene (foot) will be available in tonight's #WizNets game. He won't start, as the official starting lineup has Wall, Beal, Ariza, Booker, and Gortat listed for the Wiz, but he will be available in a limited role. Randy Wittman said he would be available for "spot" minutes, which will likely range anywhere from 15-25.
On the Nets side, Brook Lopez (ankle) will also return tonight and he is in their starting lineup. He will team up with KG and Alan Anderson on the Nets' frontcourt, with Deron Williams and Joe Johnson manning the backcourt.
Joe Johnson is coming off a career-high 37 point performance on 10 made three-pointers on Monday night vs Philly. That is one shy of the Nets franchise record of 11, which Deron Williams did last year against the Wizards here at Barclays.
Martell Webster wasn't too shabby himself from long range on Monday. He made six three-pointers and finished the game with a season-high 30 off the bench. He'll once again be a key sixth man for the Wizards tonight.
Randy Wittman addressed the media prior to tonight's game:
And here is a bonus video from shootaround. Martell and Jan having some fun:
Live Chat kicks off at 7:30, we'll be chatting from Barclays.
The Wizards have arrived. We've actually been in New York for the last three days, but took our first trip to this borough for shootaround this morning.
After taking down Knicks on Monday, the Wiz have a chance to sweep the New York series here tonight.
Bradley Beal returned to the lineup on Monday and even though he was on a minutes count, he still managed to finish with 21 points (14 in the fourth quarter, the Wizards' final eight of the game and the game-winner).
Nene took part in morning shootaround and could be back in the lineup as well tonight. He's missed the last six games with foot tendinitis.
This could be the first time the Wizards have their projected starting five since mid-November.
Brook Lopez is questionable for Brooklyn, but did practice yesterday.
Both teams getting healthy, should be a good one tonight from Barclays.
We'll be back with more during pregame.