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After Martell Webster’s jumper gave the Wizards a 106-104 lead to begin the second overtime, Gerald Wallace made a layup and Keith Bogans converted a three-point play and a layup for a 111-106 lead with 3:21 to play.
Beal hit a 3-pointer as the first overtime ended to tie the score at 104. It was the second time Washington extended the game at the horn. Nene hit a hook shot to tie it at 93 in regulation.
The game featured the return of Andray Blatche, who was let go by Washington last summer after seven stormy seasons. The Wizards used the amnesty provision on Blatche, who was banished from the team by coach Randy Wittman last March for poor conditioning.
Blatche was booed by the crowd when he entered with just under five minutes to play in the first quarter. Moments later, with the crowd still booing, he hit his first shot and then drew laughs when he tripped as he ran down the court. He had 13 points and 12 rebounds.
“Don’t do this to me. This means a lot. I want to go out there and hear the boos. I want to hear everything. I want to have fun,” Blatche said.
“They’re going to react the same way they reacted when I was here. The only thing different is that I don’t play for them now, so I expect it. It’s not going to affect me because you’re supposed to boo me. I’m on the other team.”
The Wizards started off quickly, shooting 9 of 11 as they took a 20-10 lead with 6:27 to play in the first quarter and led 30-20 after one.
In the second quarter, Washington stretched the lead to 36-22 before the Nets hit four consecutive 3-pointers to cut the deficit to two. The Wizards led 55-52 at halftime behind 13 points by Nene and Crawford.
NOTES: Washington G Garrett Temple had a career-high 11 assists. … Brooklyn was without G C.J. Watson (bruised right knee) and F Kris Humphries (sprained left ankle). F/G Jerry Stackhouse returned after missing Wednesday’s game at Oklahoma City with a sore right hamstring. … Wittman was heartened by seeing all four of his injured players: G John Wall (left knee) G A.J. Price (broken right hand), F Trevor Ariza (left calf) and F Trevor Booker (right knee) at practice on Wednesday. “I didn’t know we had 15 here. There for a while here, I thought this was an eight or nine-man squad,” Wittman said. None were well enough to play. … The Wizards‘ 113 points were a season high. Their two highest-scoring games came in double-overtime losses.
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