WHAT IT MEANS: In the standings, nothing.
The Brooklyn Nets are already locked into the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs, so Monday night’s game against the Washington Wizards, was, essentially meaningless. Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Brook Lopez, Reggie Evans, Keith Bogans and Jerry Stackhouse all missed the game so they could rest.
Blatche led the way with 20 points and 12 rebounds, while Humphries finished with a season-high 20 points of his own to go along with nine rebounds. Tyshawn Taylor and Mirza Teletovic each had 14 points off the bench. Brooks had 12, while Watson had 11.
Tornike Shengelia established new career-highs in both points (11) and rebounds (11).
RACE FOR 5: The Chicago Bulls (44-37) moved within a half-game of the idle Atlanta Hawks (44-36) in the battle for the No. 5 seed after beating the Orlando Magic on Monday night. The Hawks host the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday night.
CRASH: In his return to the lineup after missing the last two games with a left heel contusion, Wallace finished with two points on 1-for-3 shooting in 23 minutes. He missed all three of his attempts from the free-throw stripe. Given his shooting struggles, why didn’t Wallace shoot more?
WHO’S IN THE HOUSE? Rob Reiner and Stevie Brown
UP NEXT: Nets vs. Detroit Pistons, regular-season finale, Wednesday night at 8 p.m.