NBA Game Summary - New Jersey at Washington
(Tuesday, January 4th)
Final Score: Washington 112, New Jersey 88
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Larry Hughes racked up 33 points and seven assists as Washington rallied from an 11-point deficit in the second half to record a 112-88 victory over New Jersey at the MCI Center.
Gilbert Arenas added 20 points, 13 of which came during a 3 1/2 minute span late in the third quarter, to help the Wizards to their second straight win following back-to-back defeats. Jarvis Hayes contributed 19 points off the bench and Antawn Jamison compiled 13 points and 10 rebounds.
"He (Hayes) can shoot the ball, probably one of the best on the team," Hughes said. "It is just a matter of getting the opportunity to play."
Vince Carter poured in 31 points on 15-of-23 shooting for the Nets, who had won four of six coming in. Jason Kidd put together his best all-around performance since his return from knee surgery, as the All-Star guard netted a season-high 19 points along with eight rebounds and seven assists.
Washington canned 14-of-27 three-point attempts on the night, with Hayes hitting on 3-of-4 shots from beyond the arc.
New Jersey opened up a 64-53 lead after Kidd's jumper with 7:18 to go in the third quarter, but the Wizards answered with a 12-1 run to pull even. Hayes began the flurry with a three-pointer and Arenas buried a trey at the 4:24 mark which knotted the contest at 65-65.
After another three from Arenas gave Washington a 73-72 edge late in the quarter, he threw down a fastbreak dunk off a steal to extend the margin to three with just under a minute left in the period. Juan Dixon made one of two free throws to end the third as the hosts built a 76-72 lead.
The Wizards' cushion grew to eight points when Hughes' three-pointer with 7:20 to play made the score 92-84. A long-distance bucket from Carter with 5:37 remaining trimmed the deficit to 94-88 but would be the last New Jersey points of the night.
Washington reeled off the game's final 18 points to cement the win, as the Nets missed their final seven shots.
"It was just a game of spurts," Carter said. "They started off the game well and had the run. Then it was back and forth, back and forth. At the end of the game they made their run and kept running. They got it going tonight, especially late."
The Nets started out strong, as Carter and Nenad Krstic each had four points during a 10-0 run which gave the visitors a 16-6 lead midway through the first quarter. New Jersey held an 18-10 advantage until five straight points by Hughes and an Arenas layup brought Washington to within one with three minutes left in the period, which ended with the Nets on top 25-24.
The Wizards owned a 40-39 edge when Kidd ignited a 9-0 spurt with a three- pointer with four minutes remaining before intermission. Washington responded with eight consecutive points to close out the half, with Jamison hitting one of two foul shots with one second on the clock to tie the score at 48-48.
Washington has won all three meetings between the teams this season and improved to 10-5 at home...Hughes is averaging 28.4 points over his last five games...New Jersey dropped to 5-11 on the road this year...Kidd's previous season-best was a 17-point effort at Memphis on December 17.
01/04 23:56:57 ET