The Wizards won with what has become a familiar giant killer formula. First, apply suffocating defense (Brooklyn shot 32.9% on the game). Second, convert those defensive stops to a decisive edge in fast break points (Washington outscored Brooklyn on the fast break 16-6). Next, feed the ball inside (Nene scored 20 points on 13 shots). Finally, shoot three’s at a very healthy clip to stop the defense from packing the paint (the Wizards shot 43% from beyond the arc). The result? A double digit win over another cream of the crop eastern conference playoff team.
The most encouraging part of this formula is that it is an actual viable blueprint to win games. And even though it will be very hard to repeat the specifics of this performance, it gives all Wizards fans a glimpse into a path to how we could become a credible playoff team. And that, maybe even more than a signature win over the Nets, is why this game was awesome.