12/09 20:55 CST Faried has key block, dunk as Nuggets edge Wizards
Faried has key block, dunk as Nuggets edge Wizards
By KEVIN DUNLEAVY
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Wilson Chandler scored 17 points, Nate Robinson added 16,
and Kenneth Faried had a key block and transition dunk with 33 seconds left to
lift the Denver Nuggets to 75-74 victory over the Washington Wizards on Monday
Washington had three possessions after Faried put Denver ahead, but John Wall
missed a layup, Trevor Ariza missed a 3-pointer, Chandler blocked a layup try
by Garrett Temple, and Robinson stripped the ball from Wall in the closing
Chandler also had eight rebounds to help the Nuggets rally from 12 points down
in the second half, and Robinson helped the Denver reserves outscore their
depleted Washington counterparts 34-5.
Wall finished with 20 points and eight assists, Marcin Gortat scored 16 points,
and Trevor Booker added 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Wizards.
Denver had its lowest output of the season - falling 13 points below their
previous low - but was able to conclude a 4-2 road trip.
Washington led most of the way behind Wall, but with four rotation players out,
Washington got only five points from six reserves who played a combined 62
minutes and shot just 2 for 13.
Neither team led by more than four points in a stagnant first half until
Washington scored six straight points, including four by Wall, to go up 43-36
with 2 minutes to go before the break.
Washington remained it command in the third quarter, pushing its lead to 58-46
on a jumper by Wall. However, the 5-foot-9 Robinson came off the bench for
Denver and scored eight points.
Timofey Mozgov's tip-in before the end of the quarter pulled Denver to 60-58.
The Wizards still had control until midway through the fourth quarter when
reserve forward Jordan Hamilton hit consecutive 3-pointers and former Wizards
guard Randy Foye followed with another 3-pointer with a drive and pass to
Chandler for a dunk. When Robinson sneaked through a screen, stole a pass, and
streaked for a fast-break layup, Denver had its first lead since the second
NOTES: The Wizards announced during the game that forward Al Harrington
underwent surgery on Monday to remove particles from his right knee and will be
re-evaluated in four weeks. ... Washington also disclosed that top scorer
Bradley Beal has been cleared to increase basketball activities. The
second-year guard, who missed his seventh straight game on Monday, has been out
with a stress injury to his left fibula. ... Washington also was without Nene
(foot tendinitis) and Martel Webster (ankle sprain), who remain day-to-day. ...
Denver was without top scorer Ty Lawson (hamstring), who missed an opportunity
to play in his hometown. Front-court players Danillo Gallinari and Javale McGee
remain out for the Nuggets.