FINAL: WIZARDS: 102 - NUGGETS 105
It's the last stop on a week long road trip as the Wizards and Nuggets get set for a 5pm tip from the Pepsi Center in Denver.
We're about a mile above sea level and while it may be difficult to breathe in oxygen, don't expect that to slow down the pace in this one as tonight we will watch two of the fastest point guards in the league go to work.
John Wall and Ty Lawson are both having outstanding seasons and currently rank #2 and #3 in assists per game in the league. They are about as quick of point guards as you will find in the NBA so I'm looking forward to watching them get up and down and try and defend one another.
Lawson missed the last #WizNuggets game in Denver with an injury and that was the lowest scoring game of the season as the Wiz fell 75-74 in Washington. It's safe to expect more points scored tonight.
When Wall needs a blow, it will be the former Nugget, Andre Miller, who fills in tonight and returns to the city he called home from 2003-2007 and then for the last three years before he was traded to Washington for Jan Vesely at the trade deadline. Miller had a falling out here in Denver, so we'll see if there is any extra motivation from the veteran point guard.
It will also be a return for Al Harrington, who played here in Denver from 2010-12. He tied a season-high with 15p on Friday night and looked as fresh as he has all season. Looking to see him play a big role off the bench again. And they still love him in Denver:
Randy Wittman talked about the deadline swap and how it was a move the team felt they had to make to improve their second unit. He also talked about Vesely and how he hopes things will work out for him here in Denver:
The Nuggets won't be making the playoffs this season, but this is a team that just knocked off the red-hot Clippers and one that is certainly capable of winning on any night here at home. Surprisingly, they are just 18-16 at the Pepsi Center this year, a number that has gone down considerably from their 38-3 home record from a year ago. One of those three losses however was to the Wizards, who beat the Nuggets 112-108 last January. It was Wall's block of Lawson that sealed that road win for the Wiz, who won just seven road games all last year. This year, the Wizards are 19-17 on the road and coming off a win in Los Angeles on Friday night. They'll look to finish off this road trip with a win tonight in Denver and leave with a .500 record for the trip.