Sick Paul Pierce avoids scoreless game

WASHINGTON -- Paul Pierce was sick and it sure looked like it.

The veteran forward shot just 1-of-5 and finished with only four points to go with eight rebounds and two steals in 26 minutes during a 112-108 overtime loss to the Wizards. Pierce didn't play in the fourth quarter and was scoreless before hitting an 18-footer with 2:50 to go in overtime.

Pierce felt ill on Thursday night according to head coach Jason Kidd and missed the team's shootaround on Friday morning. He was a game-time decision but played.

"He's a pro," Kidd said of Pierce gutting it out. "He put the uniform on not feeling well, but he came out and gave us everything he could. Again, to sit that long and answer the call there in that overtime, that just shows his leadership as a professional."

Tale of two halves: Brook Lopez made 8 of 10 shots and scored 18 of his 23 points in the first half. But he got just four shots off after halftime.

The Nets know they need to do a better job of getting Lopez easier looks and more touches when he is getting doubled or opponents try to take him out of the game.

"I think anytime somebody comes out and has 16, 18, 20 points at half, you are going to see a different look," Deron Williams said. "You've got to try something new. But we've also got to do a better job of feeding him the ball and getting him established in the second half."

Net reserve: The Nets bench came up big, outscoring Washington's second-unit by 47-to-26. Kidd turned to Shaun Livingston, Alan Anderson, Reggie Evans, Andray Blatche and Jason Terry to go with Joe Johnson at times in the third quarter. And they helped erase a nine-point deficit in the third quarter.

"The guys on the bench did their job," Kidd said. "They got us back in the game."