New Jersey Nets At Washington Wizards: The Search For Back To Back Wins

(Sports Network) - A battle of Eastern Conference also-rans will take place tonight in the nation's capital, as the New Jersey Nets are set to take on the Washington Wizards at the Verizon Center.

The Nets ended a five-game losing streak with a hard-fought 96-94 triumph over the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday thanks to Sasha Vujacic's game-winning basket with 5.3 seconds left in the game. Vujacic ended with 13 points and Kris Humphries posted 20 points and 11 rebounds off the bench in the win.

"It was really, really, really fun," Vujacic said after ending Chicago's five- game winning streak. "It was a big game and we needed to win."

Devin Harris had 18 points and 11 assists, while Brook Lopez and Stephen Graham scored 14 and 11 points, respectively, for the Nets, who hope to put the brakes on a four-game road losing streak tonight. New Jersey is just 3-16 outside of Newark this season.

In injury news, Humphries is questionable with a thigh injury.

Washington, meanwhile, will try to bounce back from Wednesday's 109-97 loss in Philadelphia when it returns to DC this evening.

Wizards young star Nick Young led the way with 21 points, while rookie John Wall finished with 18 points and 14 assists for Washington, which has yet to win a game on the road this season (0-17).

"We've got to make clutch plays in clutch situations as far as on the road," Wizards coach Flip Saunders said. "Our margin of error is not that much."

Rashard Lewis ended with 18 points and 10 rebounds in the loss -- Washington's 13th in the past 15 contests. Lewis is averaging 15.0 points, 8.2 rebounds and 3.3 assists in his last six games. Forward Josh Howard is questionable for tonight's game with a sore left knee.

Young has scored 20 or more points 15 times this season and has netted 20 or more points in six straight games at the Verizon Center. In 15 home games this season, Young is averaging 17.3 points per contest. Wall is averaging 16.0 points and 10.0 assists in his last four games.

New Jersey defeated Washington, 97-89, on Dec. 16 this season at the Prudential Center to snap a four-game slide in the series.




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