WASHINGTON -- Nene had scored the tying basket, Paul Pierce was still
without a point, and Joe Johnson was among those feeling deja vu when
the horn sounded at the end of regulation, sending the Washington
Wizards and Brooklyn Nets to overtime for the second time in three games
at the Verizon Center.
"I was talking to Joe on the court," Wizards guard Bradley Beal said.
"And he was like, Not this again. I just started laughing."
Pierce eventually made a jumper, avoiding his first scoreless game since
he was a rookie, but Nene had another big play to make, supplying the
assist for Trevor Arizas go-ahead 3-pointer in the extra period Friday
night as the Wizards won 112-108.
"How up-and-down was that one?" Washington coach Randy Wittman said with
a smile as he headed toward the locker room.
Up and down. Back and forth. The Nets blew an 11-point lead in the final
4 1/2 minutes of the fourth quarter, when Nene essentially carried the
Wizards by scoring 12 of his 20 points, including consecutive
three-point plays and then the putback of John Walls missed layup that
tied the score at 99 with 1.2 seconds remaining.
"Amazing," Wizards forward Martell Webster said. "Gut-check time -- and
he showed up."
Beal scored 29 points, matching his career-high, Wall had 17 points and
14 assists, and Marcin Gortat had 15 points and 12 rebounds for the
Wizards, who nearly shut out both Pierce and Kevin Garnett for the first
time since the 1990s.
Garnett didnt score until his 18-footer with 3:40 to play in regulation,
and Pierce waited until overtime before hitting a jumper. Pierce, who
was a game-time decision to play after missing the morning shootaround
with an illness, finished 1 for 5.
Garnett was 2 for 11 and had a dunk attempt emphatically stuffed by Nene
in the third quarter. He also had six rebounds, two assists and two
"Im not in an offensive rhythm that I would like," Garnett said. "But
thats not a priority here. . The priority is getting the stops and
finishing teams off and finishing quarters off and coming out with
better thirds. Who cares about this offence? Needless to say, we got to
make buckets. When you come here, you come here with the idea of
sacrificing something. I didnt really shoot the ball well, but other
places, I made up pretty well."
Pierce did not address reporters after the game.
"Hes a pro. He put the uniform on, not feeling well," Brooklyn coach
Jason Kidd said. "But he came out and gave us everything he could. To be
able to answer the call in that overtime, that just shows his
leadership and being a professional."
Pierce has been held without a point only once in his NBA career -- as a
rookie in 1999 with the Boston Celtics. Garnetts only scoreless games
were also in his rookie year, three times with the Minnesota
Timberwolves in the 1995-96 season.
Brook Lopez scored 23 points, and Johnson had 16 for the Nets, who are
2-0 at home and 0-3 on the road. Ex-Wizards forward Andray Blatche,
booed every time he touched the ball, added 10 points and 13 rebounds.
Brooklyn committed 23 turnovers, including nine in the third quarter,
essentially cancelling out its 51-36 rebounding advantage. The Nets also
went 6 for 24 from 3-point range.
The Wizards and Nets played a double-overtime game in Washington last
season. The home team lost that one.
"If you want to be a good team and have a chance of being in the
playoffs," Wall said, "youve got to win close games. We didnt give up."
NOTES: The Wizards didnt get their first offensive rebound until the
6:38 mark of the second quarter -- and it was grabbed by the shortest
player on the roster, 6-foot-3 backup point guard Eric Maynor, who was
following up his own shot. ... The Nets dominated in second-chance
points: 17-0 at halftime and 21-6 for the game.
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"Ive still got it," Seattles ace said with a sly grin.
Riding that fastball carrying a little more zip, Hernandez took a
shutout bid into the ninth inning as the Mariners beat the Los Angeles
Angels 3-1 on Wednesday night.
On the verge of a brilliant shutout and first complete game since Aug.
Goergl, the 2011 world champion, started 28th after the other top
contenders had already gone down but had the fastest time at each
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96L.MILWAUKEE -- Freddie Freeman finally solved Miller Park. The best
way to hit there is to hit it out.
Freeman, hitting .111 in 10 previous games at the Brewers ballpark, hit a
pair of solo home runs, and Jason Heyward added a two-run shot,
powering the Atlanta Braves to a 5-2 victory over Milwaukee on Tuesday
"I dont know what it is. Ive always struggled here," said Freeman, who
had four singles in 36 previous at-bats at Miller Park. "Its nice. I was
Freeman opened the sixth with his first homer off Kyle Lohse (0-1) to
put Atlanta up 3-1 and added a two-out home run in the eighth off
Zach Duke to extend the lead to 4-1.
"Ive always seemed to hit Lohse pretty good and he left a couple out for
me," Freeman said.
Heywards first homer of the season, after a one-out walk to No. 8 hitter
Andrelton Simmons, put the Braves on top 2-1 in the fifth and snapped a
string of 22 scoreless innings against the Brewers. Yovani Gallardo
helped shut out the Braves on opening day.
"For me, the key was walking Simmons in that inning because you have the
inning set up to where you dont have to get to the top of the lineup if
I do my job there," said Lohse, who allowed three runs on five hits in
seven innings, striking out eight and walking two.
Alex Wood (1-0) settled down for Atlanta after allowing a home run to
Carlos Gomez on his first pitch. The left-hander allowed one run on five
hits in seven innings. Craig Kimbrel struck out the side in the ninth
for the save.
"First pitch of the game, first hitter, you dont have much choice than
to put it behind you from the get-go," said Wood. "It took me a few
innings to settle in but after that, II got into a groove, got my
fastball command back and just took off from there.dddddddddddd"
The Brewers were 8-2 in their last 10 games against Atlanta, with six
shutouts, including the final meeting last season on a two-hitter by
"The last three or four years, we havent really done well against the
Brewers or here at Miller Park," Freeman said. "Its nice to get the
first one out of the way. As an offence, we knew we werent going to get
shut out of the whole 162 . we let them sweat it out for the first 15
Gomez hustled the Brewers within 4-2 in the eighth after drawing a
leadoff walk. With one out, he stole second as Ryan Braun struck out,
and continued to third on a throwing error by catcher Evan Gattis.
Aramis Ramirez singled in Gomez.
Atlanta answered with a run in the ninth on a double by Dan Uggla, a
single by Gattis and sacrifice fly by Simmons.
The Braves missed a chance to tie it in the fourth when Freeman singled
to open, but was cut down at the plate by Gomez on Ugglas two-out double
"That was huge," Lohse said. "Theyve been working hard on that all
spring and did a great job picking me up right there. I wish I would
have picked them up a little better after that."
NOTES: Gomezs lead-off home run was the third of his career. The other
two were with Minnesota in 2008. ... The starting pitchers for the final
game of the three-game series Wednesday are Matt Garza for the Brewers
against Aaron Harang, each making his first start for his new team ...
Braun, who received a standing ovation during Tuesdays home opener, was
greeted with a round of applause and a smattering of boos during his
first at-bat Wednesday.
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