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Bullets Trim The Nets With An All-Around Performance

13 November 1996. Wasihngton Bullets 106, New Jersey Nets 91 (record: 3-4)
Game leaders: Webber (26 points), Muresan (10 rebounds), Strickland (8 assists)

It was bound to happen, and it's a good thing, too. But the Bullets beat their recent two home losses by travelling to the New Jersey Nets, who spent late last week playing a doubleheader in Tokyo, Japan. However, I don't think that's a good enough excuse for the performance of the Nets.

No, the Nets look to be possibly the worst team in the Eastern Conference this year. In this game, the Nets turned the ball over 31 times, leading to 36 points for the Bullets. The Bullets, however, were pounded on the glass, getting outrebounded 58 to 39. In fact, the Nets had more offensive rebounds (28) than the Bullets had defensive rebounds (26). And Jayson Williams had half those boards (14) for the Nets!

That's because this version of the Nets doesn't seem to know how to shoot, even when they get the close in rebound, shooting 40.4% from the field. The Bullets blew this one open in the second quarter and never looked back. When I caught this one on television halfway through the 4th quarter, they were cruising pretty well. Now, if the Bullets could only win games back-to-back.

wtf 18 November 1996

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