Nets aim to halt Wizards’ winning run
(Sports Network) – The Washington Wizards will cap off what has been a
successful homestand thus far when the New Jersey Nets invade the Verizon
Center for a Sunday night matchup.
Washington opened the stretch with Wednesday’s 117-91 victory over Indiana,
then put fourth a furious fourth-quarter rally to post a 116-111 win over
Milwaukee on Friday.
Gilbert Arenas had 29 points, 11 assists and five rebounds to lead the
Wizards, who erased a late nine-point deficit and won for the third time in
four outings. Antawn Jamison added 24 points and Caron Butler compiled 14
points and 10 rebounds in the triumph.
The Nets have alternated wins and losses over their first four games of the
2006-07 campaign. Their latest effort was a setback to defending world
champion Miami on Friday, as Dwyane Wade poured in a season-high 34 points and
dished out 10 assists to lead the Heat to a 113-106 decision at Continental
Vince Carter amassed 33 points for New Jersey and scored the 13,000th of his
career during the third quarter. Richard Jefferson had 16 points before
leaving in the third period with a sprained left ankle, while Antoine Wright
also netted 16 in the loss, the Nets’ second in three games.
Jefferson has been diagnosed with a Grade 2 sprain, which will likely sideline
the star swingman for at least a month.
This will be only New Jersey’s second road contest of the young season. The
Nets also lost to the Heat in Miami back on November 3.
New Jersey won two of three from Washington last year and has taken 13 of the
last 18 meetings between the teams. However, the Nets have dropped three of
their last four to the Wizards as the road club.