Blatche 'unbelievable' in return to D.C.

Blatche 'unbelievable' in return to D.C.
January 4, 2013, 11:45 pm
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Blatche: 'It was tough' to come back

Andray Blatche played seven seasons in D.C., so he knew exactly what to expect when he stripped off his warmups and checked into Friday night’s game against the Wizards.


“The booing didn’t affect me at all,” Blatche said after recording 13 points, 12 rebounds, four steals and one assist in 19 minutes of work in the Brooklyn Nets’ 115-113 double-overtime win at Verizon Center.

“I don’t play for them; they’re supposed to boo me. They’re supposed to go against me. I expected it. I knew this was going to happen when I signed with the Nets.”

The Wizards wanted to rid themselves of Blatche so much after last season they were willing to eat the $23 million remaining on his contract.

But for the Nets this season Blatche has been a solid contributor off the bench and Friday night was no different. In fact, Nets coach P.J. Carlesimo said he wished he had given Blatche more minutes than he did. Blatche saw just 63 seconds of action in the two overtime periods.

“I thought Andray was unbelievable,” Carlesimo said. “He couldn’t have given us a better game. There’s a lot of people who would not have been able to handle the situation, the first time back. He didn’t handle it, he thrived in it.”

Blatche who played his entire NBA career for the Wizards before signing with the Nets last summer, said he hopes the hard feeling for him in Washington are now behind him.

“It wasn’t nothing personal,” he said. “Hopefully, they can leave me in the past and both parties can just move on.”

Deny OT: The Wizards have had five games go into overtime this season – two of them to double overtime -- and they’ve lost all five.

Nenastic: Nene finished with 20 points and is averaging 14.2 points over the past five games. He fouled out for the first time in two seasons but finished with a season-high 36 minutes of playing time.

Career high: Bradley Beal’s 24 points were a career high. It marked the first time this season the Wizards had three players – Beal, Nene and Crawford [23] – with 20 or more.

Season high: The 113 points by the Wizards were a season high.


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