Wall, Butler help Wizards break 5-game losing streak, beat Nets 114-77

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WASHINGTON — John Wall scored 17 points, Rasual Butler had 15 and the Washington Wizards broke a five-game skid, coasting to a 114-77 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday night.

Playing without starting guard Bradley Beal, who sat out with an injured right big toe, Washington led throughout. The 37-point margin of victory was its largest of the season.

The Nets, who had won three straight, were led by Brook Lopez with 19.

Wizards coach Randy Wittman implored his team to start aggressively.

"You've got to be in attack mode right from the start," he said. "I told them: Force me to call a timeout, and say, 'Hey, you guys are way too aggressive,' rather than call a timeout and say, 'Hey, we've got to pick it up.'"

Washington forced the Nets to call a timeout less than 2 ½ minutes into the game.

The Wizards led by 12 points five minutes into the game and by 20 at halftime. Halfway through the third quarter, they increased their advantage to 30. By then, the starters were all watching.

TIP-INS

Nets: F Kevin Garnett was rested. It was the seventh time this season Garnett has been held out of a second half of a back-to-back. In Friday night's win against New York, Garnett had 12 points — his highest total in nearly two months. . The game was delayed late in the first quarter when C Mason Plumlee knocked over a vendor carrying a tray of beers.

Wizards: Wittman said that he didn't think Beal's injury was a long-term issue. "It's just going to take some time. There's nothing there that's a concern. He's got some inflammation there. It's a day-by-day situation. He felt better today than he did the day before, so that's a positive sign." . Beal missed the season's first nine games with a broken right wrist. Washington had a 7-2 record. . All 13 Wizards scored.

UP NEXT:

Nets: visit Milwaukee on Monday.

Wizards: host Orlando on Monday.

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