December 26, 2011
Humphries hears boos, leads Nets past Wiz 90-84
WASHINGTONâ€”Kris Humphries had 21 points and 16 rebounds and Deron Williams had 23 points, eight rebounds and eight assists to power the New Jersey Nets past the Washington Wizards 90-84 on Monday night in the season opener for both teams.
The Nets trailed by 21 points in the second quarter, but were able to draw even by early in the third quarter, and took the lead for good with 4:48 to play.
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GOOD MOVE: Avery Johnson starting Humphries, who signed just last week. Shelden Williams was listed in the original starting lineup, but Johnson thought Humphries was in excellent shape.
NOTABLE: Williams was one assists and two rebounds away from his first career triple-double.
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NETS NOTES G Sundiata Gaines played a huge, energizing role off the bench, posting 7 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals in 18 1/2 minutesâ€¦F Damion James, looking to rebound after an injury-plagued rookie season, pulled down 14 rebounds while scoring six points in 38 minutesâ€¦In his rookie debut, G MarShon Brooks scored 6 points (3-7 FGs) in 8 minutes.
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|LINE OF THE NIGHT|
|21 PTS, 16 REB
9-14 FG, 3-4 FT
|On the crowd booing him:
"People were talking crazy last year. There might be a little bit more this year, but to me, it's motivation. People are yelling at you. You've got to perform. You've got to play hard."