Notebook: Nets 106, Wizards 101



Posted Apr 15, 2013 11:36 PM

By Jake Appleman, for NBA.com

THE FACTS: Sparked by Tyshawn Taylor and Tornike Shengelia, the Brooklyn Nets defeated the Washington Wizards 106-101 Monday night.

The Nets (48-33) had trailed for the first 43 minutes before Shengelia's coast-to-coast layup gave them a 95-94 lead. Andray Blatche and Kris Humphries paced the Nets with 20 points apiece and seven Nets finished in double figures. John Wall led the Wizards (29-52) with 18 points and 12 assists, but shot just 5-for-19 from the field.

QUOTABLE: "It's all about opportunity. Tonight, they had the opportunity to go out and prove themselves and I felt a lot of the young guys showed they belong in the league."

-- Andray Blatche

THE STAT: The Wizards lost despite the Nets' struggles (13-for-27) at the free-throw line.

TURNING POINT: Blatche's layup began the Nets' game-changing 13-5 run in the middle of the fourth quarter.

QUOTABLE II: "It's the coach's decision and it is my job to stay prepared."

-- Tornike Shengelia

INSIDE THE ARENA: The Nets held a moment of silence for the victims of the Boston Marathon massacre earlier in the day.

ROOKIE WATCH: Shengelia posted career highs in points (11), rebounds (11), and minutes (25:25). Taylor scored a career-high 14.

NOTABLE: The Nets were without Deron Williams, Brook Lopez, Keith Bogans, Jerry Stackhouse, Joe Johnson and Reggie Evans. ... Mirza Teletovic tied a career-high with 14 points and Humphries' 20 points were a season-high.

UP NEXT: For the Wizards, Wednesday @ Chicago. For the Nets, Wednesday vs. Detroit.