Sunday , Nov , 21 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

New Jersey Nets Team Report – November 21

=== New Jersey Nets Team Report – November 21 ===

(Sports Network) – The Nets’ struggles continued on Saturday, as they found
themselves on the wrong end of a 97-86 decision against the Washington Wizards
at Continental Airlines Arena.

Richard Jefferson finished with 22 points for the Nets, who have lost five
straight overall and four straight at home for the first time since 2001 —
when they suffered five consecutive losses in East Rutherford. Eric Williams
posted 16 points and six rebounds, and Alonzo Mourning chipped in 14 points
and seven boards in the loss.

The five-game slide is the first for the Nets under Lawrence Frank and the
first since the team lost five in a row from January 15-23.

Down 69-67, Washington rallied early in the fourth quarter. Two foul shots by
Juan Dixon put the Wizards ahead 76-73, but Travis Best answered with a pair
from the line to get New Jersey within 76-75. After a Gilbert Arenas free
throw, Antawn Jamison’s jumper made it 79-75 with 7:11 to go.

After a basket by Mourning pulled New Jersey within 79-77, the Wizards scored
eight of the next 10 points to take command. Larry Hughes scored the final
six, capped by a layup off a steal with 4:51 to go, that put them ahead 87-79.

New Jersey cut its deficit to 88-83 on a short jumper by Mourning with 2:38 to
go, but got no closer.

The Nets return to action on Tuesday when they start a four-game road trip
against the Denver Nuggets.