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The Washington Wizards and Dani Avdija continue to languish at the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings, and tonight (Friday through Saturday) suffered a 124-97 defeat at the Brooklyn Nets. This is the second time the Nets have beaten a team from the nation's capital in New York this season, but while last time came after a collapse by the visitor in the final minutes, this time dominance throughout the second half led to the one-sided result. Dani Avdija came close to a triple-double in the previous game against Philadelphia, and tonight he returned to scoring in double digits with 15 points, most of which came in the first half, along with 7 rebounds, 4 assists, a steal and 27 blocks in 28 minutes.
The Nets led by eight points after one quarter, and the Israeli was among those responsible for keeping the visitors in the picture in the second quarter. His three-pointer cut the score to 26-50, and after the hosts ran away again, he cut it to 45:11 close to the basket, putting him at 50 points at the break. The Wizards went into the break 47-24 behind, but a 40:20 third quarter sealed a story in the Nets' favor. In the final quarter, the Israeli still managed to get a two-sided technical foul along with Royce O'Neal of the Nets, before coming off the floor for the last time about seven minutes into the final 21.
The winner was led by Mikal Bridges with 13 points, while center duo Nick Claxton (15 points and 15 rebounds) and Dayron Sharpe (11 points and 17 rebounds) contributed double-doubles under the baskets. Only Kyle Kuzma with 6 points scored more than Avdija for the Wizards, with the Israeli going 9-of-18 from the field and making one three-of-four attempts. With their fourth straight loss, the Wizards drop to 3-14 and remain in 9th place in the East, while Brooklyn climbed to seventh place with a 12-<> record, just like their city rival New York Knicks below.
Brooklyn celebrated again with the Wizards account. Johnson vs Avdía/Reuters
In its next game, Washington will host Philadelphia on Monday through Tuesday night, and that night the Nets will return to the court with an away game in Sacramento. The two teams will meet twice more this season, on Dec. 30 and March 28, and both games will be in Washington.
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