WASHINGTON (AP) John Wall scored 26 points to help the Washington Wizards overcome a 17-point deficit to beat the New Jersey Nets 98-92 on Sunday.
Wall was helped out by Jordan Crawford’s 21 points, JaVale McGee‘s 16 and Maurice Evans’ 15.
Washington, which broke a six-game losing streak, trailed 56-39 just before halftime, but Wall scored the last four points of the first half.
The Wizards outscored the Nets 28-12 in the third quarter to take a 71-68 lead. The Nets missed 11 of 15 field goal attempts in the quarter.
Washington stretched its lead to 77-70 with 9:49 left on Kevin Seraphin‘s jumper, but the Nets went on a 9-0 run. The Wizards, sparked by two jumpers by Wall and a 3-pointer by Maurice Evans, outscored New Jersey 12-4 for an 89-83 lead with 4:12 to play before Humphries’ string of points.
The Nets, who have lost three straight, were led by Robin Lopez, with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Anthony Morrow had 19 and Humphries had 18 points and 17 rebounds.
New Jersey was playing without Deron Williams, who will miss at least the next three games with an injured right wrist.
In place of his star point guard, Nets coach Avery Johnson started Jordan Farmar, who had a career-high 17 assists – 11 in the first half to help the Nets get their big lead.
Johnson said that Williams’ rest would be re-evaluated after he misses the three games.
“It’s something that we know, rest – not surgery – is required,” Johnson said. “We’ll treat him. We’ll rest him.”
In the Nets’ locker room before the game, Williams said he was eager to play again this season.
“I’m just getting a little rest and then re-evaluate it,” Williams said. “Maybe a couple of more games. It’s not really set in stone. I’ll just see how it feels.”
NOTES: New Jersey signed G Sundiata Gaines for the rest of this and next season. He’ll back up Jordan Farmar in Williams’ absence. … Humphries had his 10th straight double-double. … Washington G Cartier Martin returned after missing five games with a right knee injury. … The two teams are a combined 5-60 on the road. The Nets are 4-29. The Wizards are 1-31.