Wall scores 21, Wizards beat Nets 113-107

John Wall had the swipe, then the swat.

Add 21 points to Wall’s two big defensive plays on Deron

Williams down the stretch, and the Washington Wizards won the point

guard matchup – and the game.

The Wizards completed a New York sweep on Wednesday night,

beating the Brooklyn Nets 113-107.

Nene added 17 points in his return from injury for the Wizards,

who had lost four in a row before beating the Knicks on Monday.

”Coming on this trip to New York and over the bridge to

Brooklyn, it’s huge,” Wizards coach Randy Wittman said. ”It’s

huge.”

Trevor Ariza and Bradley Beal each finished with 15 points for

the Wizards, who got healthier during their stay in the Big Apple.

Beal returned Monday after missing nine games with a stress injury

to his right fibula and scored 21 points, and Nene was back

Wednesday with 6-of-10 shooting off the bench after missing four

games with right foot tendinitis.

Paul Pierce had a season-high 27 points for the Nets, and Brook

Lopez added 22 after missing two games with a sprained left ankle.

Joe Johnson finished with 20.

Pierce, who has been coming off the bench since returning from a

broken right hand, made his first seven shots and finished 10 of

12. The Nets shot 53 percent from the field, but the Wizards put

seven players in double figures, made 12 3-pointers and

outrebounded Brooklyn 51-31.

”It’s easy to sit here and talk to you guys about what kind of

night I had, but bottom line, I really don’t care. We lost the

game. That’s pretty much all that matters,” Pierce said. ”We come

out here and try to win as a team. It’s not about how good Paul

Pierce is scoring. Tonight we had the inability to rebound, we

didn’t defend the 3 and it cost us the game. That’s all that I’m

worried about right now.”

The Nets were chipping away at a 12-point deficit when Wall

stopped their momentum with under 5 minutes left when he swiped the

ball from Williams and went in alone for a layup to make it 99-93.

Williams brought the Nets to 101-100 with a jumper, but Marcin

Gortat tipped in a miss before Beal’s 3-pointer made it 106-100

with 1:08 to play.

”We just stayed calm. We weathered the storm,” Wall said. ”We

didn’t get down even when they cut it to one. Came back down and

made a big play.”

Nene then hit two free throws on Kevin Garnett’s sixth foul for

an eight-point advantage, but Williams scored four straight points.

He was attacking the basket again after Martell Webster’s free

throw gave Washington a 109-104 edge, but Wall blocked the shot,

Webster made two free throws and the Wizards held on.

”I just knew D-Will’s been playing very well since he came back

from his ankle injury and I know he can definitely shoot the ball

from deep,” Wall said. ”He attacks the basket. He’s a very tough

guard. I just wanted to be physical with him and try to disrupt his

rhythm.”

Webster finished with 13 points and Gortat had 10 points and 10

rebounds.

The Wizards made seven of their first nine 3-point attempts and

built a quick 11-point lead, but the Nets trailed only 30-28 after

one. Washington went back up by 10 late in the half, but the Nets

got the final four points to make it 59-53. Brooklyn shot 56

percent in the first half, but Washington made up for that by going

9 of 12 from behind the arc.

Williams had 15 points and 13 assists but shot just 5 of 13 from

the field.

Trevor Booker grabbed 13 rebounds for Washington, including nine

on the offensive end. The Wizards had 19 offensive boards to five

for Brooklyn.

”That was it. Rebounding,” Williams said. ”It’s been a couple

of games that we’ve lost because of offensive rebounds. It’s not

just the bigs, it’s the guards. They shot a lot of 3s, a lot of

long rebounds. So it’s on us, too, to get in there and

rebound.”

NOTES: The Nets had a three-game home winning streak snapped.

… Wizards G Glen Rice had surgery in New York on a broken right

wrist and will be sidelined three to six weeks.

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