Posted by Rick Laughland Posted on 1:56:00 AM with No comments
The Nets put on a listless performance facing an 8-25 Wizards squad that was anything but unbeatable. New Jersey was outscored 30-13 in the first quarter and never awoke from their slumber. Washington’s newly acquired shooting forward Rashard Lewis dropped 16 on the Nets as the Wizards had five players in double figures. Devin Harris, Travis Outlaw and Sasha Vujacic combined to shoot an unthinkable 3-29 from the field.
The Nets were dealt a capital punishment in D.C., looking every bit the part of an Eastern Conference bottom dweller. New Jersey committed 17 turnovers only dishing out 13 dimes in what was a forgettable performance for the Garden State’s bunch.
The Nets have a quick shot at redemption on Saturday at 7:00PM as they play host to the Milwaukee Bucks at the Prudential Center in Newark. Both the Bucks and Nets will be playing the second game of a back to back; look for bench points to be a key statistic in this upcoming matchup. The Nets recorded 48 rebounds on Friday night in Washington, while Bucks center Andrew Bogut ripped down 27 rebounds on his own against Miami. New Jersey hopes that some home cooking will energize them as they look to earn their second win in three tries.
Milwaukee is 5-13 on the road this season holding claim to the worst scoring offense in the NBA at 90.5 points per game. The Bucks also rank last in assists averaging 17.3 a game. The Nets are second worst in points per game (92.4) as well as assists (18.1) in what promises to be a clash of the offensively inept the game may be decided a single basket. Keep an eye out for bounce back games from Vujacic and Harris who will be chomping at the bit to find nothing but nylon after coming up empty Friday Night.
A Wisconsin native, Devin Harris will go off: 20 points, 5 assists and 2 steals, leading the Nets to a 94-89 win over Milwaukee