The Wizards completed a 3-0 home stand, all over teams with winning records, in beating the Nets, 89-74. It was sweet revenge for the Wizards who dropped a heartbreaker in double overtime the last time these two teams met.

The first quarter was a tightly contested one with Beal, who was returning after missing five games, banking a three at the close to give the Wizards a one point lead. The second quarter though was arguably the Wizards best of the season. They won the quarter 30-11, at one point going on a 19-1 run, to open up a 20 point halftime lead. In terms of points allowed, it was tied for the second best defensive quarter of the season for the Wizards. Through the first half of the quarter, the Nets were held to just a single point. It was the Nets lowest scoring second quarter of the season. The Nets would fight back a little in the second half, coming as close as nine, but would never seriously threaten and the Wizards would finish with a 15 point win.

The win marks the Wizards third straight at home and they've now won eight out of nine at the Verizon Center. Washington held Brooklyn to just 32.9% shooting, their worst percentage of the year. The Nets total of 74 points was just one point more than their lowest outing of the year. The Wizards bench also outscored the Nets bench 30-13.

Nene led the Wizards with his second consecutive double-double, scoring 20 points and pulling down 11 boards. Martell Webster continued his hot shooting, going 6/9 from the field, 3/5 from three and scoring 16 points. John Wall played another solid all-around game, scoring 15 points and dishing out 9 assists.

The Nets had three finish in double figures with Deron Williams scoring 20 points, Joe Johnson scoring 14 and Brook Lopez scoring 13.

The Wizards will hit the road for a two game road trip before the all star break, starting with the Bucks on Monday night.

John Wall
Points: 15
Rebounds: 4
Assists: 9

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Points: Nene - 20
Rebounds: Nene - 11
Assists: John Wall - 9
Blocks: Nene and Singleton - 2
Steals: John Wall - 4

Randy Wittman Postgame

On the win:

“We talked about coming out and establishing defense right from the start. That’s got to be our identity as a team. That never waivers. Our guys are believing in that. That’s kind of been our staple. It’s been consistent for us all year. I thought coming out tonight and digging in again like we did, from a defensive standpoint, set up the whole game for us. We won that game defensively.”

John Wall Postgame

On team's progression:

“It feels great. We are finally trusting each other and playing hard. Really going strong on the defensive end and moving the ball to make big time shots.”

Nene Postgame

Martell Webster Postgame

Bradley Beal Postgame

On team's performance:

“We came out with the defensive mentality that we wanted to shut them down. Our bigs did a great job of stopping their bigs. I think we did a great job of containing Joe Johnson as best we could, and limiting them to the amount of shots that they made. We were able to get them to take one shot and get out.”