The Nets went 0-of-8 from the floor over the last 6:22 of the game, while Washington shot 5-of-10 over that span as they went on a 14-3 run to secure the victory.
The Wizards swept the three-game season series, and the Nets dropped to 31-2 when leading after three quarters this season. Both losses came against the Wizards.
After the game, Paul Pierce was disappointed that the Nets let a winnable, and potentially crucial, game against a fellow playoff contender, saying the game "could mean the difference between having a Game 7 at home or a Game 7 on the road."
When asked about the ill-timed fourth-quarter shooting slump, Jason Kidd explained matter-of-factly, "the ball didn’t go in the basket. That’s what it comes down to."
It was a disappointing way to lose, a fashion that the Nets had seemed to get out of their system over the last few months. The Wizards had already clinched the head-to-head tiebreaker heading into Saturday's game, but the Nets had a golden opportunity to climb up the conference standings, and they let it get away.
Ultimately, with 18 games remaining in the regular season, the Nets find themselves three games out of the fourth seed, and home court advantage in the first round.
Losses like this have become increasingly rare for the Nets over the last three months, and they've a veteran team that typically has the right mentality to bounce back and move past it. They'll get a chance to get back on track on Monday.