Hayes, Wizards Cruise Past Nets
Washington 94, New Jersey 74
WASHINGTON, Dec. 13 (Ticker) -- Jarvis Hayes and Antawn Jamison helped the Washington Wizards easily end their three-game skid.
Hayes scored 19 points and Jamison added 12 and eight rebounds as the shorthanded Wizards coasted to an effortless, 94-74 victory over the New Jersey Nets.
"Anytime you're without your best player, other guys have to step up and make sure that they bring their game," said Jamison, who made 5-of-12 shots.
"A lot of times when a guy is out who's their best player, it's a proving ground," New Jersey coach Lawrence Frank said. "It's an opportunity for others to show, and that's what they did. We obviously couldn't get enough done. It's just a disappointing performance."
Washington led, 42-35, at intermission before outscoring New Jersey by 31-17 in the third period to take command of the contest.
Etan Thomas' jumper put any chances of a New Jersey comeback out of reach giving the Wizards a 82-55 lead with 8:27 remaining in the final period.
Chucky Atkins, who made his first start of the season, had 12 points and nine assists and reserve Caron Butler added 12 and 10 rebounds for Washington, which shot 8-of-15 from the arc.
"We had a lot of energy, we played great defense, we helped each other out, we moved the ball around and we made sure that everybody got their shots," Jamison said.
Atkins, who played 44 minutes, had been complaining about a lack of playing time.
"When you're sitting on the sideline and you haven't played and you know there are situations when you could be out there on the court helping the team, that's the hardest part about it," Atkins said. "If I had been sitting on the sideline and we had been winning games, you wouldn't hear a word out of me."
Vince Carter scored 14 points and Jason Kidd added 12 for New Jersey, which shot a dismal 17 percent (3-of-17) from long range and fell to 5-6 on the road this season.
"We can score the ball but we're just not consistent," said Carter, who made just 5-of-15 shots. "We're a team that can defend and that can play well, it's just that right now we don't have an identity.
"We just have to decide who we want to be and what kind of style of play we want to play. Until then, it's just going to be disappointing every night."