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March 21, 2012


GAME 48: WIZARDS 108, NETS 89

Nene has strong debut, leading Wizards over Nets

NEWARK, N.J.Nene had 22 points and 10 rebounds in his Washington debut, and the Wizards defeated the Nets 108-89 Wednesday night in a game marred by the third-quarter ejections of Nets' All-Star point guard Deron Williams and head coach Avery Johnson.

Williams and Johnson were tossed by referee Josh Tiven with 5:18 left in the quarter for arguing a non-call on a Williams' drive to the basket seconds earlier. Tiven appeared to call all four technical fouls, getting Williams first and then the coach after his best player was ejected.

Jordan Crawford added 23 points and John Wall had 12 points and eight assists for Washington.

Williams had 17 for the Nets, who have lost four in a row. Kris Humphries added 13 points and 16 rebounds.


For more, read the AP game recap: Click Here
or view the TV Companion enhanced box score.



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NETS NOTES F Kris Humphries extended his team lead with a 21st double-double, logging 13 points and 16 rebounds in 35 minutes...F Gerald Wallace shot 3-for-5 from three-point range...G Deron Williams' ejection was the second of his career. Avery Johnson's ejection marked his second as the Nets' head coach.



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LINE OF THE NIGHT
ONCOURT

Kris Humphries
35 MIN
13 PTS, 16 REB
5-11 FGs, 3-6 FTs
OFFCOURT

Avery Johnson
On the ejections:

"First of all, I'm mad with myself, because I'm the head coach, and it's my responsibility to get the guys to play a certain way even if we don't win.

I don't get many technicals. I don't have many arguments with referees, okay? I'm always thinking about the team and what can we do as staff to help them play better and function better. So I think that's the reason why I don't get 20 technicals a year.

But at the same time, you try to make a point hopefully the conversation goes well. It didn’t go well tonight."



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