The Nets had won three in a row at home, but they played zero defense against the Wizards and were dominated on the boards, 51-31. They gave up an astounding 19 offensive rebounds, nine of which Trevor Booker grabbed by himself, which enabled Washington to shoot 14 more shots than Brooklyn.
Brooklyn also gave up 12 three pointers on Washington's 20 attempts to shoot 52 percent from behind the arc.
The Nets (9-16) are hoping for a repeat performance of Monday night in Brooklyn when they routed the 76ers 130-94.
The 76ers (7-19) have not played since the beatdown in Brooklyn took place on Monday ,and are spiraling downhill fast without their rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams. However, Carter-Williams is expected back tonight.
Last season, the Nets won three of their four games against the 76ers and won by an average of 14.7 points per game.
The last time these teams matched up, Brooklyn received a dominant performance from Joe Johnson. Johnson scored a season-high 37 points and drilled 10 three pointers. He hit an NBA-record tying eight threes in the third quarter en route to 29 points in the frame. The Nets made a franchise record 21 three-pointers in the win and scored the most points (130) since 2000.
In Monday's game the 76ers were led by James Anderson's 19 points and one of their leading scorers. Spencer Hawes, was held to two points on 1-for-5 shooting in 26 minutes.
The 76ers gave up a whopping 50 points in the paint to the Nets, who were without their best frontocourt player in Brook Lopez. Lopez will be playing in this game.
Key Matchup: Brook Lopez and Spencer Hawes will be the matchup to watch in the paint. Hawes has given the Nets trouble in the past with his ability to step outside and shoot the three ball. Lopez is coming off a good return performance on Wednesday night, where he scored 18 points in the first half and finished with 22 total as the Nets went away from him in the second half.
Players to Watch: Paul Pierce seems to be coming alive after suffering multiple injuries in November. He had a breakout game on Wednesday night and scored a season-high 27 points and looked very good in his new role coming off the bench.
"You have to watch the game, help the guys on the sideline, you get a chance to see and understand what is going on our there instead of starting out the game. It definitely is a mental adjustment and I think I am making that adjustment and figuring it all out with that role on the bench" said Pierce.