Brooklyn Nets at Washington Wizards 11/16/18 Game Notes and Observations

The Nets ended their losing streak with an emphatic win over the struggling Washington Wizards. Despite some sloppiness on both ends, early Brooklyn got it together on both ends with huge contributions from D’Angelo Russell (23 points, 3 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals) and Spencer Dinwiddie (25 points, 4 rebounds, 8 assists, 3 steals). Jarrett Allen posted another double and double and provided some crucial rim protection. Here’s how it all unfolded.

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1st Quarter:

  • First shot on the night for Crabbe, a miss
  • Dwight Howard with two early buckets on Allen
  • Sloppy start by both teams, making mistakes on both ends
  • Nets with 4 turnovers just 3 minutes into the contest
  • Russell with all of the team’s 6 points as WAS get out to a 6 point lead going into the first timeout
  • D’Lo with 9 of 11 now
  • Dudley’s made some really sloppy plays early
  • Dinwiddie feeling himself with consecutive threes
  • 13 is unlucky for some, not Russell in this quarter as he rounds out his 13th point with a bank shot

  • Nice cut from Kurucs gets his first bucket of the game
  • Davis is so good at drawing contact down low

2nd Quarter:

  • Rodions goes BANG from deep!

  • Kurucs might be the team’s best power forward already
  • Both teams’ second units not showing much resistance on the defensive end
  • Russell’s defensive intelligence has shown big improvements this season
  • Spencer’s scoring prowess has gone to a new level

  • Brooklyn’s offense looks a lot better when the ball and man is moving
  • Only 4 made threes in the night with 3 mins remaining in the first half
  • It was D’Lo’s display in the first but it’s been the Spencer show in the second

3rd Quarter:

  • If D’Angelo can make the pull up three consistently he’s going to be a problem for opposing backcourts

  • Nets able to extend their lead to 9 on a wonderful feed from Russell to Harris
  • Russell continuing the hot form in the 3rd
  • Nice run from the Nets midway through the period

  • Napier with the highlight play that wasn’t

  • Rodions and Shabazz provide so much energy when on the court together
  • Brooklyn build a double-digit, 91-79, going into the final quarter

4th Quarter:

  • All of Brooklyn’s guards; Dinwiddie, Russell, and Napier have made an impact tonight

  • Allen’s return has lifted the Nets on so many facets of the floor

  • Washington is keeping things interesting, cutting the lead to 13 with 7 mins of action left
  • Dudley hits the three against his old squad
  • Just a reminder that I wrote this in September.
  • Russell eating out the clock late as the Nets have gotten to the line more than they have on any occasion this season

  • Dinwiddie hits the floor hard though luckily gets up on his own accord