Neither team could score again until 32.7 seconds remained, as Nate Robinson dished to Kenneth Faried for a slam dunk to put the Nuggets up 75-74.
Glen Rice stole the ball on an inbound following a foul by John Wall, but the Wizards could not convert on the ensuing shot. Garrett Temple had a layup blocked out of bounds, but the Wizards retained possession. John Wall then kicked it to Trevor Ariza for a corner three-pointer with just under 10 seconds left, but it rimmed out, and Denver pulled down the rebound.
Third Quarter Update:
The Wizards could not manage to separate themselves from the Nuggets in the third quarter, as the lead has been cut down to 2 entering the fourth, 60-58. The Nuggets went on a 12-2 run to end the quarter. Trevor Booker has a double double in only 21 minutes, posting 10 points and 10 rebounds. John Wall has 17 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists, and 3 steals. Marcin Gortat has continued playing solidly, with 14 points, 8 boards, and 3 blocks. The Wizards need to slow down Nate Robinson, who has 14 points off the bench, if they want to close out this game. - Jack Persons
The #WizNuggets game continues to be a close one, as Washington leads Denver 45-40 at the half. The teams traded the lead back and forth throughout most of the second quarter until the Wizards went on an 8-2 run, pushing their largest lead of the night to seven. John Wall heated up in the second, scoring 10 points on 6 shots. He currently has 12 points with 3 rebounds and 5 assists. Marcin Gortat is playing well on both sides of the court, with 12 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 blocks so far in the contest. Trevor Booker has held down the glass well, posting 6 boards along with 10 points, and the Wizards hold a 25-17 advantage in rebounds.
The Wizards will be able to keep building their lead if they continue to dominate the Nuggets in rebounding. The Wizards have taken 11 more shots than their opponents, thanks to 11 offensive rebounds. As long as missed shots keep falling in Wiz hands, the team will have no trouble in the second half. - Jack Persons
First Quarter Update:
On a night in which both teams are injury-ridden and short on depth off the bench, the Wizards and Nuggets are having no problem playing a very physical game. Through the first quarter, the Wizards lead the Nuggets 22-18, each team holding the other down on defense, with Denver shooting 40% from the field and Washington only making 39.3% of their shots. Marcin Gortat leads the Wizards with 12 points on 6/8 shooting and has 3 rebounds. Trevor Booker has 4 points and 5 rebounds in 6 minutes of play. Wilson Chandler currently leads the Nuggets with 7 points.
Welcome back to Verizon Center for tonight's #WizNuggets game.
We'll start off with the injury news, which isn't great for the Wizards. Both Martell Webster (ankle) and Nene (foot) will be out tonight, joining Bradley Beal and Al Harrington on the injured list. Kevin Seraphin (knee), will be a gametime decision.
Both Webster and Nene left Friday night's game with injuries and neither practiced on Saturday or Sunday.
This is a tough blow to a Wizards team that just got Otto Porter back on Friday night. In their place, Glen Rice will make his first career start along with Trevor Booker. They will play with Wall, Ariza, and Gortat to round out the starting five.
The Wizards bench, which enters tonight's game 30th in the NBA in scoring at 19.3 ppg, will be stretched pretty thin and will likely look for contributions from Eric Maynor, Jan Vesely, Garrett Temple, Chris Singleton, Otto Porter, and Kevin Seraphin (if healthy). On the flip side, the Nuggets bench enters tonight's game second in the NBA in scoring at 45.3 ppg and will need to give their squad a boost with Ty Lawson sidelined again with a hamstring injury.
With many of the regulars out and three days off until the next game, look for the Wizards to ride John Wall, Trevor Ariza, and Marcin Gortat. And why not. All Ariza has done is score over 20 points and shoot 70% from 3-point range in the Wizards last three games. John Wall is averaging 22.2 points and 10.8 assists at home this season and is coming off his fourth 30+ point performance of the season on Friday night. Marcin Gortat has been in double figures in each of the Wizards last six games and without Nene tonight will need to be a force in the middle.
We will be live chatting at 7 tonight from Verizon Center. See you there.