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BROOKLYN, N.Y. – Tuesday night, the Brooklyn Nets squared off against the Washington Wizards, sporting an 11-14 record on the season. With not much expectations for this team, Brooklyn has impressed many with the effort they’ve shown on a nightly basis. The Nets caught a break, not having to face John Wall (sore left knee) who missed his ninth straight game. Brooklyn would take advantage of the short-handed Wizards, by gutting out a 103-98 win at the Barclays Center.

(Photo Credit: Barry Holmes/PureSportsNY) LeVert did a great job creating off the dribble Tuesday night.

(Photo Credit: Barry Holmes/PureSportsNY) LeVert did a great job creating off the dribble Tuesday night.

The Nets got a total team effort, as seven different Brooklyn players scored in double figures. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (16 points) and Caris LeVert (16 points) led the offensive charge for Brooklyn. LeVert (eight assists) did a great job of not only scoring, but creating shot opportunities for teammates. Brooklyn as a team finished with 26 assists, and really have developed a great team chemistry offensively. It is a joy to watch the extra passes for quality shots, and effective back door cutting that the Nets do frequently.

(Photo Credit: Barry Holmes/PureSportsNY) Beal struggled shooting the ball against the Nets.

(Photo Credit: Barry Holmes/PureSportsNY) Beal struggled shooting the ball against the Nets.

Washington struggled offensively, large in part because Bradley Beal (28 points, 11-33 FG) couldn’t find his rhythm. Aside from Wall and Beal, the Wizards are not a team that can create their own shot opportunities. Brooklyn stayed disciplined and kept Washington in front of them on the perimeter. The Nets used that good defensive pressure, to limit the Wizards to just 18% (4-22 3PT FG) from beyond the arc and under 100 points on the game.

Brooklyn will look to build off this win and knock out their cross-town rival New York Knicks (14-13), Thursday night. The Nets will need another strong defensive performance, to try and shut down Kristaps Porzingis. 

Barry Holmes is a Senior Writer for PureSportsNY.com. Follow him on Twitter @BHO732

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