Washington, DC - The Brooklyn Nets and Washington Wizards opened up their preseason action against each other this evening, and played a very hard fought game. In the end, the Nets were able to make the necessary plays to pull out a 111-106 win over the Wizards. Both teams played hard basketball, but were only watched by 9,743 fans.
The Nets were led by their entire bench. Tyshawn Taylor (16), Mirza Teletovic (15), Andray Blatche (14), Alan Anderson (13), and Andrei Kirilenko (11) all chipped in with double-figure point totals off the bench. Brook Lopez played a very solid game as well, scoring 15 points on 6-7 shooting. They played a great game as a team, and had a very impressive showing all-around.
Washington played their starters much more than the Nets did, and were led by Nene with 19 points. They are looking for a big season from Nene, who was signed to a very large contract two years ago, and has had very disappointing issues including injuries come up along the way. John Wall added in 16 points and 8 assists, and is expected to have a career season this year. Kevin Seraphin (13), Martell Webster (13), Glen Rice Jr. (12), and Bradley Beal (11) all chipped in as well for the Wizards.
NBA fans got their first look at Brooklyn Nets head coach Jason Kidd. Kidd has been one of the most scrutinized moves of this past offseason, especially because he just retired from being a player this past offseason. All that being said, this game showed that the Nets have put together a very solid bench. Once their starters play more minutes, this team is going to be very difficult to beat.
As far as Washington goes, the solid showing by Nene was certainly a good sign. He’s got a great post game, and has been unable to stay healthy or live up to his contract throughout the first two years of his Washington Wizards career. If the Wizards want to compete for a spot in the Eastern Conference Playoffs, they’ll need to have a good year from the big man. John Wall put together a near double-double performance, and is expected to have his best season as well.