Nets 106, Wizards 101

Jim Hague, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

NEW YORK -- Playing without most of their starting players, the Brooklyn Nets came from 17 points down to defeat the Washington Wizards 106-101 Monday night at the Barclays Center.
Brooklyn's Kris Humphries scored a season-best 20 points, and he also grabbed nine rebounds. The Nets (48-33) had seven players in double figures, with Andray Blatche also scoring 20 and hauling down 12 rebounds.
Rookies Tyshawn Taylor (14 points, including a clutch 3-pointer with 23 seconds left), Mirza Teletovic (14 points) and Toko Shengalia (11 points and 11 rebounds) all scored their career highs in the win. C.J. Watson also scored 11 points for the winner, who played without Deron Williams (left knee contusion), Joe Johnson (left heel) and Brook Lopez (mid-back contusion), the team's top three scorers.
The Wizards (29-52) received 18 points and 12 assists from John Wall, but the Nets held Wall to just 5-of-19 shooting from the floor.
Kevin Seraphin had 17 points, Trevor Booker added 16 points and 13 rebounds and Cartier Martin added 14 for Washington.
The Wizards led by as much as 17 in the first half, but the Nets' reserves played well in the second quarter, slicing the lead to 56-50 at the half after two acrobatic shots from Blatche.
One of Blatche's shots was a high-arching attempt from close range that somehow managed to go straight through the net. The other was a wrap-around scoop shot, when he went under the basket and flicked it up and in.
There wasn't much defense played by either team, considering the Nets were resting their key players as they get ready for the Eastern Conference playoffs, while the Wizards are just playing out the string on another lost campaign.
NOTES: The Nets also were without top rebounder Reggie Evans (sore left shoulder), veteran Jerry Stackhouse (stiff neck) and Keith Bogans (sore lower back). ... Nets coach P.J. Carlesimo hopes to have at least some of the walking wounded back for the regular-season finale Wednesday night against Detroit. ... While most of the Nets' starters were out, forward Gerald Wallace returned to action after missing the previous two games with a lower leg contusion. "We'll see how well he comes back," Carlesimo said of Wallace. "We need to find out where he's at. Hopefully, he can play relatively pain free." ... Carlesimo said that the team's improvement, winning 47 games this season compared to just 22 last year, was a tribute to the players. "To make the playoffs is very significant," said Carlesimo, who has guided the Nets to their first playoff appearance since 2007. "We haven't been there in a while. We overcame a lot of injuries and won on the road. It?s very significant." ... Impressive Wizards rookie Bradley Beal, one of the front runners for NBA Rookie of the Year honors, will miss the last two games of the regular season with a stress fracture of his right leg. Beal averaged nearly 14 points per game this season. ... The security around the Barclays Center was heightened after word of the Boston Marathon tragedy reached the arena. There was definitely more of a presence with police and security personnel inside and outside the arena.

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