WASHINGTON - Headed for the sideline as he chased down a loose ball, Mason Plumlee couldn't put the brakes on in time and crashed into a courtside server holding a tray of drinks.
All of the beverages, including beer, spilled onto the floor and delayed the action for a few minutes while they cleaned up the mess and Plumlee toweled himself off so he didn't smell like a mini bar.
Too bad Plumlee didn't knock over a keg. At least then, maybe the Nets could've gotten the game postponed, saving themselves from the lethargic effort they turned in Saturday night.
Eyeing a season-best four-game winning streak, the Nets didn't show up against the Wizards, beginning this stretch of eight straight games away from home in rough fashion. They trailed from wire to wire, unable to match Washington's intensity, and were throttled, 114-77, at Verizon Center.
"You just hope that you are not reading them right," Nets coach Lionel Hollins said. "That's all. There's nothing you can do. If a guy is tired, a guy is tired and we were tired as a group mentally and we didn't do a lot of things that we normally do. Whether you are making shots or not, we didn't do a lot of other stuff as well and they were just more physical. They attacked the glass, they went inside and we couldn't guard them."
Brook Lopez, starting with Kevin Garnett resting as usual on the tail end of games on consecutive nights, kept his string of solid performances going with 19 points and eight rebounds for the Nets (21-29). But Brooklyn's shooting was an ice-cold 33.8 percent. Jarrett Jack, Joe Johnson, Alan Anderson and Deron Williams went a combined 7-for-38.
"I can't explain it," Johnson said. "It's just on us as starters. You start the game and get off to a horrible start and put us behind the eight-ball and we never got back. Our energy was lacking and they were the better team."
Although the Wizards (32-20) were without their second-leading scorer Bradley Beale, who sat out with a toe injury, they certainly had more than enough offense to put it on the Nets. John Wall was his usual blur mode, racing up and down the court with the speed and grace of a cheetah. Wall posted 17 points and seven assists, engineering a Washington offense in which all 13 players dented the scoring column and pounded Brooklyn to the tune of 64 points in the paint.
The Nets, on the other hand, looked as if they were playing in slow motion at times. The Wizards racked up 18 fast-break points to the Nets' three, cashing in Brooklyn's 15 turnovers for 19 points.
Things really got out of hand for the Nets in the second quarter, not long after Lopez picked up his second foul with 11:18 remaining in the half. The Nets trailed 30-20 when their 7-footer, who had had 11 points, was forced to take a seat.
"They were a step quicker than us," Williams said. "They played harder than us, they outrebounded us, beat us up on the inside and the boards. Even the long ones, the guards needed to get, we didn't get. A lot of loose balls, a lot of 50-50 balls we just didn't get. They just outhustled us.
"We got beat today, didn't make shots, and you've got to make shots."