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Nene, Wizards pull away for 89-74 win over Brooklyn

Brooklyn Nets guard Joe Johnson (7) tries to get past Wizards guard Garrett Temple (17) Friday, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Washington Wizards held the Brooklyn Nets without a field goal for nearly nine minutes during the first half, survived a second-half slump and held on for an 89-74 victory Friday night in their latest win over a team near the top of the standings.

Nene had 20 points and 11 rebounds, John Wall added 15 points and nine assists, and Martell Webster scored 16 points for the Wizards, who have one of the worst records in the NBA but have nevertheless taken eight of their last nine at home - a stretch that includes wins over Oklahoma City, Atlanta, Chicago, New York and the Los Angeles Clippers.

Deron Williams scored 20 points for the Nets, who lost to a sub-.500 team for only the second time this season. They fell apart quickly in this one: After a first quarter that included 10 lead changes, Brooklyn went 0 for 12 from the field to start the second and trailed 51-31 at halftime.

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