The Nets come off a three game win streak, all in which were won on the road. The Wizards well come in to this game not having won a game yet on the road (Only team to have not won a road game). After losing 11 straight games, the win came at a good time as they beat their first Eastern Conference team in fashionable style.
Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison put their foots down in this one, each dropped 22 points in a night where many would have called a Nets win. Even DeShawn Stevenson got into the act adding 21 points to help cushion the win. The game was closely contested through the first half as the Wizards had a 51-50 lead going into the break. Then during the half Michael Jordan came into the locker room and handed the players some of that Space Jam water. Obviously M.J. would not be anywhere near his former team, but something was said or done in the locker room because in the third period we saw the Wizards of the past.
The Wizards took the third quarter into their own hands as they went on a 14-3 run in the first 4:54 of the third. The fun continued through the quarter as they closed out the 12 minutes outscoring New Jersey 35-12. Do not forget this is the same Nets with Vince Carter putting up impressive numbers this year and young point guard Devin Harris who just went off against the Suns. This team is definitely not a bunny and the Wizards looked like they were not either. Speaking of Devin Harris, he had 15 in the first half and was held by the Wiz defense to only 3 in the second.
Caron Butler did leave with a knee injury, but shouldn't be anything to linger. I will definitely update on the injury as more presents itself. For now Wizards fans just sit back and enjoy this win as the Wizards go on a hard stretch. They have the Blazers, Lakers and Bulls in their next three. Nothing is impossible, but they sure need to keep up this intensity.