Wizards 112 Nets 108 (OT)
November 8, 2013
Verizon Center, Washington, DC
Tonight our very own prodigal son, All Day ‘Dray came back home. Whenever Blatche is in town you know you’re in for a raucous environment. The crowd at the Phone Booth gets a little rowdy, a little bitter, and is committed to booing him EVERY TIME he touches the ball and last night was no different. The Verizon Center was the loudest I’ve heard post-Gilbert. Dare I say there was a playoff atmosphere in the air…Ok. I DARE.
The game started out horribly for the Wizards. Due to bad shots and turnovers the Nets jumped out to a 20-6 lead in the 1st quarter. Brook Lopez came out on a mission dropping 18 points in the first half and seemingly couldn’t miss. None of the Wizards big men had any answer for his wide array of post moves, it seemed like he was going to cruise to an easy 40 point game. And somehow, and I’m still not quite sure how, the Wizards only trailed by 5. I kept waiting for the wheels to fall off and then the Wizards would get run out of the building but it never happened. They scrapped, fought, and never gave up. This is a team still trying to get accustomed to winning and tonight they won in spite of themselves. They had their lapses and the Nets had them on the ropes several times in the 2nd half.