For Nene, it was the first visit back to Denver since being dealt to the Wizards midway through last season, and for Javale McGee, whom Washington had let go of in exchange for the Brazilian big man, it was an opportunity to show the organization that traded him away how much his game had progressed in the past year.
Washington scored the first 6 points of the game, but was not able to maintain any kind of lead with the score tied at 19 at the end of the 1st quarter. Denver was able to narrowly outscore the Wizards in the 2nd quarter 31-26, for a halftime lead of 50-45.
The Nuggets began to create some separation after the half, stretching their lead to ten at 80-70 with 3:19 left in the 3rd quarter, but the Wizards were able to hang around, trailing 87-80 going into the 4th. The Wizards came storming back in the 4th quarter, going on 10-0 run, and taking a 90-87 lead on a Jordan Crawford three-pointer with 10:18 left in the game. The Wizards had a scary moment with 2:30 left in the game, as Kosta Koufos fouled Bradley Beal hard on a dunk attempt. Beal seemed to get the air knocked out of him, but stayed in the game and hit two free throws, giving the Wizards a 104-99 lead.
|Wizards guard Bradley Beal fights for the ball with Nuggets guard Ty Lawson|
Denver had one more chance to tie or take the lead, but Ty Lawson was blocked on a drive to the basket by John Wall, who was then fouled by Koufos. Wall made two free throws to secure a 112-108 victory over Denver. It was Washington's first win at the Pepsi Center since 2005.
The Wizards were led by Bradley Beal with 23 points on 8-13 shooting from the field, and Kevin Seraphin with 18 points and 7 boards. Denver was led by Clinton, MD native Ty Lawson, who finished with 29 points, 23 of them coming in his monster 3rd quarter.
The Wizards will head to Los Angeles tomorrow to take on the Clippers.