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Wizards 113, Nets 107

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NEW YORK -- Guard John Wall had 21 points and six assists, leading the Washington Wizards to a 113-107 win over the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night.

The Wizards (11-13) won their second straight despite Nets forward Paul Pierce showing glimpses of his former self, scoring a season-high 27 points off the bench.

The Nets (9-16) found themselves playing catch-up most of the night, but they managed to do so effectively, having answers to many Wizards runs. Washington's leads were a source of Wall's dynamic play, as his vision and speed left plenty of openings in Brooklyn's defense.

Down 10 with nine minutes left, the Nets tried to mount one more comeback, pulling within one on two occasions with less than three minutes remaining. A 3-pointer from guard Bradley Beal put the Wizards up by six with just over a minute remaining, putting the Nets away.

Long-range shooting was Washington's scoring source early, as the Wizards went 9-for-12 from 3-point range in the first half. The Wizards hit just three of eight 3-pointers the rest of the night, but Beal's proved to be the largest.

Wall, Beal and forward Trevor Ariza combined for 9-of-16 from beyond the arc. Both Beal and Ariza had 15 points and three 3-pointers.

Nets center Brook Lopez, who made his return after missing two games with a sprained left ankle, handled Washington's frontcourt duo of Marcin Gortat and Nene just fine, scoring 22 points and hauling in five rebounds despite sitting out the entire third quarter.

Nene, back after missing four games with right foot tendinitis, scored 17 points.

After his 29-point third quarter and 37-point overall performance Monday, Nets guard Joe Johnson was held to a more modest 20 with a team-high seven rebounds Tuesday. Guard Deron Williams recorded a double-double with 15 points and 13 assists.

Trailing by 11 midway through the first quarter, Brooklyn rallied after the introduction of Pierce. The Nets hit their first six shots with the veteran on the court and went on a 14-5 run.

With Wall on the bench for nine minutes in the first half, the Nets managed to keep up with the Wizards. Once the fourth-year man out of Kentucky returned, Washington's pace quickened and its lead expanded back to 10 before the Nets shaved it to six at halftime.

NOTES: The Nets won four of their previous five games. ... Wizards G John Wall began the night ranked second in the NBA with 9.3 assists per game and fourth in steals per game at 2.13. ... The Wizards snapped a four-game losing-streak with a 102-101 win over the New York Knicks on Monday night. ... Tuesday's game marked the 10th time in 24 games this season that Washington scored more than 100 points.
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