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[sny-box]The Nets let a fourth-quarter lead slip away, as an extended shooting slump over the last six minutes of the game allowed Washington to pull away. Brooklyn's final made field goal of the game came at the 6:22 mark of the fourth quarter.
Six different players scored at least eight points for Brooklyn, including Joe Johnson, who scored 16 points on 7-of-12 shooting with seven rebounds.
Deron Williams had 10 of his 14 points in the first quarter, and he also contributed with seven assists, seven rebounds, and two steals.
John Wall had a game-high 33 points for the Wizards.
Marcus Thornton had another lights-out shooting night off the bench for the Nets, scoring 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting, including 5-of-6 from behind the arc.
It was a good battle of backcourts tonight, with Deron Williams and Shaun Livingston taking on John Wall and Bradley Beal. Wall was dynamic, helping the Wizards steal a game that the Nets uncharacteristically gave away.
The Nets entered the fourth quarter up 79-72, but the Wizards rallied to tie the game during Brooklyn's shooting slump, and the Nets got stuck in foul trouble down the stretch while the Wizards did a great job converting those opportunities.
Washington shot 21-of-25 (84.0%) from the free throw line, compared to just 15-of-22 for the Nets. Andrei Kirilenko, who's seemingly done everything right for Brooklyn, continued to struggle from the line, as he was just 1-of-4 from the stripe tonight.
The Wizards took the a 97-94 lead with 2:35 remaining on a Drew Gooden three, which is not a typo. The 12-year veteran Gooden, on a 10-day contract with Washington, scored 21 points on 8-of-11 shooting. The Wizards never trailed again, as the Nets couldn't buy a bucket and let a very winnable game slip away.
The Nets will look to bounce back on Monday night, when they return home to the Barclays Center to host the Phoenix Suns. Game time will be at 7:30 pm.