During a timeout in the first quarter of the Washington Wizards’ 106-101 loss to the Brooklyn Nets on Monday night, Martell Webster walked up to a referee, asked for the game ball and commenced to do a string of Harlem Globetrotter-worthy tricks.

The injured Wizard rolled the ball around his arms and chest and later flipped it in the air and caught it on his back. He smiled as he looked up to the referee for approval after each move, then scampered to his seat to continue watching a game that had the feel of a sideshow.

Neither team was at full strength. The Nets rested four starters while gearing up for the postseason and the injury-riddled Wizards were down to 10 healthy players and seeking to escape Barclays Center without losing any more.

The Wizards failed in keeping what was left intact. Starting center Emeka Okafor sprained his right ankle in the first quarter, hobbled to the locker room and never returned. And, after building an early 17-point lead, John Wall and the Wizards’ reserves failed to close out the Nets’ backups, suffering their fifth consecutive loss and seventh straight on the road.

“I don’t care if you’re a first-year player, if you haven’t played. I don’t care if it’s the second-to-the-last game or not. You’ve got to play with a little bit of pride,” Coach Randy Wittman said after the game. “We don’t play with a purpose. That fourth quarter, we just came out and played 12 minutes to get the 12 minutes over with. We lost all pride in defending, which is really discouraging. That’s what hurts a little bit.”