Devin Harris scored 29 points to help lead the New Jersey Nets to their first victory in the month of December and snap an eight game losing streak as they took out the Washington Wizards 97-89 Thursday night at the Prudential Center.
Center Brook Lopez added 18 points and five rebounds in just 24 minutes while Travis Outlaw contributed 13 off the bench.
The Nets got another double-double from Kris Humpries as the rugged forward chipped in 12 points and grabbed a game-high 17 rebounds.
The Wizards are now a league-worst 0-13 on the road and have dropped 10 of their last 11 games overall, though the Nets seemed to do everything they could to help the visitors hang around. After the Nets jumped out to a 23 point lead their second-to-last in the league offense kicked in as Washington came all the way back to tie the game and the Nets held just a one point lead with 1:37 left in the fourth.
Nick Young led the Wizards in scoring with 22 point off the bench. After looking like a shell of himself in the first half, Gilbert Arenas helped to lead the Wizards furious comeback finishing with 19 points and 9 assists.
The No. 1 overall pick in the draft, John Wall, missed the game with tendinitis in his right knee.
New Jersey continued to play short-handed while they deal with the injuries to Damion James and Anthony Morrow and wait for Terrence Williams to take his physical so they can activate Sasha Vujacic.
They may have had to wait a while to pick up a victory, but that doesn't mean the Nets will have much time to enjoy it. They return to action Friday night in Toronto against the Raptors.