Nets still fall to Wizards despite overcoming 20-0 deficit

JJ Hickson throws down a dunk as he finishes with 15 points in the Wizards' 120-111 win over the Nets on Monday.Kathy Kmonicek/AP

JJ Hickson throws down a dunk as he finishes with 15 points in the Wizards’ 120-111 win over the Nets on Monday.

Interim coach Tony Brown just about has guided the undermanned Nets to the finish line since Lionel Hollins was fired on Jan. 10.

The Nets only have one more game to play – Wednesday against Toronto – following their ninth straight loss Monday, 120-111, to Washington at Barclays Center. GM Sean Marks then will conduct an extensive search to find the Nets’ next head coach, with Brown presumably headed elsewhere.

“We’ve got two games left and I feel like the situation has been tough from the beginning,” Brown said. “I’ve tried to make the best of it and will continue to do that.

Whatever happens, happens. I’m not worried about my fate with this organization. I’m just trying to give these guys a great opportunity to showcase their skills.”

Nets' Markel Brown defends Wizards' Marcin Gortat under the basket.Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports

Nets’ Markel Brown defends Wizards’ Marcin Gortat under the basket.

With Robin Lopez Lopez, Thaddeus Young and Willie Reed already shut down for the season, Thomas Robinson (knee) and Sergey Karasev (personal) also didn’t play for Brooklyn. Starting guards John Wall and Bradley Beal were held out for the out-of-it Wizards (40-41).

The Nets (21-60 overall, 11-33 under Brown) spotted Washington the first 20 points of the game, but they took a 56-55 lead late in the second quarter and were within one at the half. Bojan Bogdanovich and Shane Larkin led Brooklyn with 20 points apiece.

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