Wizards 112, Nets 108 (OT)

Elliott Smith, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

WASHINGTON -- Forward Trevor Ariza drained a 3-pointer with 40.3 seconds left in overtime as the Washington Wizards rallied for a wild 112-108 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Friday night.
After forward Nene's tip-in basket with 1.2 seconds left in the fourth quarter forced overtime, Washington (2-3) built a 105-101 lead, only to see the Nets grab a 106-105 advantage on a 3-pointer by guard Deron Williams with 2:14 left.
Both teams struggled to score until Ariza hit Washington's 10th 3-pointer of the evening. Guards John Wall and Bradley Beal each added two free throws to seal the victory in a game that each team seemed to have in hand at some point.
Brooklyn (2-3) led 92-81 with 4:21 remaining, but Nene scored seven straight points late to draw the teams even.
It was an off night for Brooklyn guard Paul Pierce and forward Kevin Garnett, who combined to score seven points on 3-of-16 shooting from the field. Garnett did not score his first point until 3:40 remained in the game and Pierce did not dent the scoreboard until 2:50 of overtime.
Even without their contributions, Brooklyn took a 58-53 lead into the third quarter thanks to 18 first-half points from center Brook Lopez, who dominated the paint early with an array of nifty moves against Washington's overmatched post players.
The Wizards stormed back to open the second half, going on an 18-4 run to pull ahead 71-62 late in the quarter with help from the backcourt combo of Beal and Wall.
Guard Joe Johnson scored nine of his 16 points in the third quarter to rally Brooklyn, which has lost all three road games this season.
Beal scored 27 points to pace the Wizards, who had five players score in double figures.
NOTES: The Nets play Saturday against Indiana, their first back-to-back games of the season. Coach Jason Kidd has been careful about parsing his team's minutes, but still wasn't ready to say whether Kevin Garnett will play against the Pacers. "The big thing is we are a deep team and the process is to try and keep the minutes down as much as we can in this marathon," Kidd said. ... Washington leads the NBA in 3-point attempts and makes, but Wizards coach Randy Wittman wasn't ready to proclaim his team a consistent long-range threat. "Teams aren't always going to let you do that," he said. ... Nets F Andray Blatche, who spent seven seasons with Washington, was booed every time he touched the ball. ... Both teams' starters dealt with nagging injuries. Pierce started despite an undisclosed illness but was held scoreless in the first half. Wall played despite back spasms.

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