WASHINGTON — With Nets center Tyler Zeller out for Saturday’s 119-113 overtime loss to the Wizards with a sore hip, Quincy Acy got his first start of the year, and just his second in 70 games as a Net.
He finished with eight points, six rebounds and hit a huge, game-tying 3-pointer with 9.1 seconds left in regulation to force overtime.
Acy also showed well on defense, taking a charge, blocking two shots and altering a third in a second-half surge.
“I think Q had a sequence of blocks in the second half [to spark us],” Caris LeVert said. “I think Q set the tone with those blocks.”
The Nets outscored Washington 68-48 in the second half, the most points they have scored in a second half on the road this season. But they were so bad in the first half it went for naught, as they fell to 0-3 this season in overtime.
The Nets’ shooting was a huge reason why. They finished 12-of-43 (27.9 percent) from 3-point range, including 7-of-31 at one point before heating up late.
“Just didn’t shoot it well enough, I think, 28 percent from 3 when you shoot 43 3s,” coach Kenny Atkinson said. “I do think our defense kept us in it like it has been, so we got to shoot a little better. We got to look at the shot selection of course. Look at our drive. Do we get to the rim enough? That’s always something we look at.
“We did feel like we had to spread this team out. We had to get [Marcin] Gortat away from the rim, bring him on the perimeter. Can we mix in more drives? We’re a drives team — top four in the league in drives. That’s what we do. We just got to do it consistently. I think sometimes on the road we don’t do it enough.”
Rookie Jarrett Allen tied his career-high with 16 points.
Zeller (hip) said he expects to be back Monday for a Martin Luther King Day matinee against the Knicks.
“Yes definitely hopeful. We’ll see what happens [Sunday] morning,” Zeller said. “It’s nothing major. It’s just a lot of soreness, trying to move, not moving the way I want to. I just needed a day to hopefully get it to all calm down and I’ll be back soon.
“I probably did something awhile back but it’s become worse. I was hoping over time it’d go away, and over time it’s kind of built.”
Joe Harris twisted his ankle on a four-point play, but finished the game and also expects to be available for the Martin Luther King Day game against the Knicks.