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Dinwiddie adds to big week with 27, Nets' win streak at 4

NEW YORK (AP) Spencer Dinwiddie and the Brooklyn Nets keep adding to a big week.

The Washington Wizards sounded like a team that may be breaking up.

Dinwiddie scored 27 points in his first game since signing a three-year contract extension, and the Nets beat the Wizards 125-118 on Friday night for their season-best fourth straight victory.

The Wizards then returned to their locker room following their fourth straight loss to an ESPN.com report that the team was working on a trade involving Austin Rivers and Kelly Oubre Jr. with the team 11-18.

A later report said the deal had fallen through, but that was after Rivers - who wasn't aware of all the details - believed he was departing. He said he was disappointed in part because he had just moved after being dealt from the Clippers to the Wizards over the summer.

''More so you just want things to work,'' he said. ''When I got traded, they traded for me for a reason so you'd like to see it work out.''

Things are working out great for Dinwiddie, who has starred as a sixth man this season and settled the Nets down in the fourth quarter after their 16-point lead was cut to four.

''It was nice to see him after everything that's happened. I thought he took it to another level, defensively and offensively,'' Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said. ''He was outstanding all around. You definitely see the growth, the maturity and quite honestly leadership capabilities. He's getting better every day.''

Joe Harris added 19 points for the Nets, who put up a season-high 70 points in the first half but had to withstand Washington's fourth-quarter charge.

Dinwiddie halted the Wizards' run with a basket and some free throws, and Harris added some clutch baskets down the stretch as the Nets held on to remain unbeaten since a players-only film session after a collapse and loss to Oklahoma City on Dec. 5.

''Now we're kind of rolling a little bit,'' Dinwiddie said. ''Let's keep it going. Let's never get too high or too low.''

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson finished with 15 points, nine rebounds and six assists for the Nets, who shot 52 percent from the field.

Bradley Beal had 31 points and nine assists for the Wizards, while John Wall had 17 points and 13 assists.

Dinwiddie finished right at the 27 points he averaged in the first three games of the win streak. He had a career-high 39 off the bench Wednesday in Philadelphia and the next day agreed in principle to the extension worth about $34 million.

His layup with 42 seconds left was the last basket of the third quarter and gave the Nets their largest lead of the game at 101-85. The Wizards cut it to four a few times, the last when Beal's basket with 4 1/2 minutes left made it 113-109, but the Nets scored nine straight to push the lead back to 13.

''The defense just isn't there,'' Beal said. ''We weren't guarding.''

Washington held the Nets to a season-low 88 points in a Dec. 1 home victory but couldn't slow them down this time. The Nets scored 43 points in the second quarter and led 70-59 at halftime. They were 5 of 7 from 3-point range in the period.

TIP-INS

Wizards: F Otto Porter Jr. missed the game with a bruised right knee. ... Markieff Morris scored 15 points and Austin Rivers had 14.

Nets: Allen Crabbe, who has been starting in place of Caris LeVert, missed the game with a sore right knee. Atkinson said Crabbe had banged it and expected it to be a short-team absence. ... Rookie second-round pick Rodions Kurucs of Latvia made his first career start and scored 15 points.

REMEMBERING

The Nets held a moment of silence before the game for Tim Bassett, who died Sunday at 67. Bassett played from the Nets from 1975-79, winning an ABA championship in 1976 and serving as the team's captain when they moved to the NBA and New Jersey.

DINWIDDIE'S DEAL

The Nets announced that Dinwiddie had signed his extension Friday afternoon after the sides had agreed in principle a day earlier. The 6-foot-6 guard came into the game averaging a career-best 16.9 points and the Nets believe he can continue to improve the way he has in the previous two years.

''I don't see why he can't keep trending upwards,'' Atkinson said. ''He's got all the tools.''

UP NEXT

Wizards: Host Lakers on Sunday.

Nets: Host Atlanta on Sunday.

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Key Players
J. Wall
2 PG
D. Russell
1 PG
29.0 Min. Per Game 29.0
17.9 Pts. Per Game 17.9
5.9 Ast. Per Game 5.9
3.7 Reb. Per Game 3.7
44.3 Field Goal % 41.2
43.9 Three Point % 41.3
67.3 Free Throw % 75.0
+ 2 Kelly Oubre Jr. made driving dunk, assist by John Wall 0:01
  24-second shot clock violation turnover 0:04
+ 2 Kelly Oubre Jr. made driving dunk 0:28
  Defensive rebound by Kelly Oubre Jr. 0:34
  Spencer Dinwiddie missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:37
+ 2 Bradley Beal made driving layup 1:01
+ 3 Joe Harris made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Rondae Hollis-Jefferson 1:08
+ 1 John Wall made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:32
  WAS team rebound 1:32
  John Wall missed 1st of 2 free throws 1:32
  Shooting foul on Spencer Dinwiddie 1:32
Team Stats
Points 118 125
Field Goals 49-90 (54.4%) 44-84 (52.4%)
3-Pointers 11-29 (37.9%) 11-31 (35.5%)
Free Throws 9-16 (56.3%) 26-31 (83.9%)
Total Rebounds 37 56
Offensive 3 9
Defensive 22 37
Team 12 10
Assists 30 34
Steals 4 5
Blocks 3 3
Turnovers 9 10
Fouls 24 17
Technicals 2 2
31 PTS, 1 REB, 9 AST
27 PTS, 4 REB, 6 AST
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away team logo Wizards 11-18 31282633118
home team logo Nets 12-18 27433124125
Team Stats
away team logo Wizards 11-18 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Nets 12-18 111.4 PPG 40.4 RPG 19.2 APG
Key Players
B. Beal SG 25.6 PPG 5.0 RPG 5.5 APG 47.5 FG%
S. Dinwiddie PG 16.8 PPG 2.4 RPG 4.6 APG 44.2 FG%
Top Scorers
B. Beal SG 31 PTS 1 REB 9 AST
S. Dinwiddie PG 27 PTS 4 REB 6 AST
54.4 FG% 52.4
37.9 3PT FG% 35.5
56.3 FT% 83.9
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
B. Beal 31 1 9 13/22 2/3 3/4 2 39 0 0 0 0 1 -2 50
J. Wall 17 1 13 7/16 1/7 2/3 2 35 1 0 2 0 1 -5 43
J. Green 12 2 0 4/5 3/3 1/1 3 25 1 0 1 0 2 -7 14
T. Satoransky 7 1 1 3/5 1/1 0/0 4 15 0 0 1 0 1 -7 9
T. Bryant 7 3 1 3/7 1/4 0/1 1 16 0 2 1 0 3 -7 13
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
B. Beal 31 1 9 13/22 2/3 3/4 2 39 0 0 0 0 1 -2 50
J. Wall 17 1 13 7/16 1/7 2/3 2 35 1 0 2 0 1 -5 43
J. Green 12 2 0 4/5 3/3 1/1 3 25 1 0 1 0 2 -7 14
T. Satoransky 7 1 1 3/5 1/1 0/0 4 15 0 0 1 0 1 -7 9
T. Bryant 7 3 1 3/7 1/4 0/1 1 16 0 2 1 0 3 -7 13
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
M. Morris 15 3 2 7/8 0/1 1/2 6 27 0 0 4 0 3 +2 18
A. Rivers 14 3 3 5/10 3/6 1/3 3 34 0 0 0 1 2 -1 23
K. Oubre Jr. 10 6 0 5/12 0/2 0/0 3 28 0 0 0 1 5 -7 16
S. Dekker 5 5 1 2/5 0/2 1/2 0 17 2 1 0 1 4 -1 15
O. Porter Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. McRae - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Robinson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
O. White - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Randle - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Brown Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Howard - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Mahinmi - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 118 25 30 49/90 11/29 9/16 24 236 4 3 9 3 22 -35 201
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Harris 19 2 6 8/13 3/7 0/0 1 30 1 1 1 0 2 +3 34
R. Hollis-Jefferson 15 9 6 6/11 0/0 3/5 3 32 1 0 2 1 8 +1 35
R. Kurucs 15 6 1 5/6 1/1 4/4 1 29 0 0 0 1 5 +5 23
J. Allen 12 5 2 4/7 0/0 4/4 1 28 1 2 0 0 5 +9 24
D. Russell 8 3 9 3/12 1/5 1/1 3 28 0 0 5 0 3 +9 24
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Harris 19 2 6 8/13 3/7 0/0 1 30 1 1 1 0 2 +3 34
R. Hollis-Jefferson 15 9 6 6/11 0/0 3/5 3 32 1 0 2 1 8 +1 35
R. Kurucs 15 6 1 5/6 1/1 4/4 1 29 0 0 0 1 5 +5 23
J. Allen 12 5 2 4/7 0/0 4/4 1 28 1 2 0 0 5 +9 24
D. Russell 8 3 9 3/12 1/5 1/1 3 28 0 0 5 0 3 +9 24
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
S. Dinwiddie 27 4 6 8/15 2/7 9/11 2 31 0 0 1 1 3 +1 42
D. Carroll 12 5 1 4/10 3/7 1/2 2 25 1 0 0 1 4 -3 20
J. Dudley 9 5 2 3/6 1/3 2/2 2 17 1 0 0 1 4 +4 19
E. Davis 8 7 1 3/4 0/1 2/2 2 15 0 0 1 4 3 +6 16
K. Faried - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. LeVert - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Crabbe - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Napier - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Pinson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Graham - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Musa - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 125 46 34 44/84 11/31 26/31 17 235 5 3 10 9 37 +35 237