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Capital One Arena, Washington, District of Columbia Attendance: 15,102
Wizards aim for 4th straight win as they host Nets
Brooklyn Nets at Washington Wizards
- The Nets took two of three between these teams last season, winning the season series over the Wizards for the first time since 2012-13. Brooklyn has lost five straight road games against the Wizards by an average margin of 21.0 points.
- Brooklyn has lost three games in a row, allowing an average of 118.7 points, while opponents have shot 54.0 percent from the field over that time. The Nets are 0-7 this season when their opponent shoots 48.0 percent or better from the field.
- The Wizards have won three in a row, scoring at least 115 points in each of the three games. Washington recorded a season-high 30 assists in its most recent game, a 119-95 victory over Cleveland.
- John Wall has led the Wizards in assists in each of team's first 14 games this season. Since entering the league in 2010-11, Wall has led his team in assists 512 times -- the only player who has led his team in assists more often during this span is Russell Westbrook (520).
- Joe Harris leads the NBA with a 52.6 percent mark from three-point range this season (min. 1.3 3PM/team game). Harris has made at least one three-pointer in 30 consecutive games, tied with Buddy Hield and Victor Oladipo for the longest-active streak in the NBA.
- The Wizards are 4-3 this season when Dwight Howard plays, allowing an average of 111.3 points. In the seven games played without Howard, Washington was 1-6 and its opponents averaged 122.4 points.
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WASHINGTON -- The Wizards will go for their fourth straight win when they host the Brooklyn Nets on Friday night.
Washington improved to 5-9 with a 119-95 win over the undermanned Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night. Bradley Beal scored 20 points and Otto Porter added 15 for the Wizards, who never trailed and led by as many as 27 points.
"We did a good job of coming out there very aggressive on the defensive end," Dwight Howard said. "We got a lot of stops early which allowed us to get a pretty good lead."
A good sign for Washington is that Howard, who missed the early part of the season, is getting into game shape. He played 20 minutes against Cleveland, grabbing seven rebounds and scoring 10 points, two on a first-quarter alley-oop from John Wall.
"It's getting better," Howard said. "The guys, Brad and John and (Markieff Morris) were talking about that tonight, me getting my legs back and what that will mean for everybody."
Washington is also playing better defense than a few weeks back and their second unit continues to provide offense. The Wizards reserves, led by Austin Rivers (12 points), outscored the Cleveland bench squad 55-36.
The Wizards made 13 of 40 3-point attempts against the Cavaliers and scored 29 points off turnovers.
"We still have a lot of work to do -- we still have to get better. We're still not content with where we are," Beal said. "We put three (wins) together, but we still have a couple more at home that we have to take care of."
Washington faces another team dealing with injuries Friday night. The Nets played their first game without leading scorer Caris LeVert (dislocated right foot) Wednesday night and, as expected, things did not go well in a 120-107 home loss to the Miami Heat.
The Nets, also without starting center Jarrett Allen (illness), allowed 37 points in the first quarter and never got closer than seven the rest of the way. Spencer Dinwiddie led six Nets in double figures with 18 points, his 13th double-figure scoring effort in 14 games.
"It's a big void," Nets coach Kenny Atkinson told Newsday regarding the loss of LeVert. "It's both ends. He and D'Angelo (Russell) were sharing it so well and they had good chemistry. We're going to have to look at what fits best with each lineup.
"We started Allen (Crabbe) tonight, but going forward, we have to look. Do we want more ballhandlers in the lineup? Do we want more shooters? The returns tonight weren't great, so we're going to have to figure out the lineup."
Without LeVert, the Nets struggled offensively until a late surge and finished shooting 40.2 percent from the field (41-102) and 28.6 percent from 3-point range (8-28).
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson had 14 points and nine rebounds for the Nets and Napier finished with 13 points. Ed Davis, making his first start of the season, had nine rebounds.
The Heat shoot 54.1 percent.
"It was everywhere," Russell said of the breakdown on defense. "They got what they wanted whenever they wanted: Transition, half-court, off turnovers, whatever it was they got it."
Updated November 15, 2018