The Washington Wizards survived regulation to get a win in overtime against the Denver Nuggets, Ty Lawson helped a bit as well. After blowing a double-digit lead Saturday night in Portland, the Wizards very much needed a win in Denver. This time it would be the opposing team that couldn’t close it out as the Wizards bested the Nuggets 117-115
The game went back and forth all night, as the teams played very even. With 1.4 seconds left in regulation, Kenneth Faried went to the line after drawing a blocking foul on Bradley Beal. The game was tied at 105, but the ‘Manimal’ missed not one, but both free throws. Those misses would come back to haunt the Nuggets, it gave the Wizards life.
Washington scored the first six points of the extra period, taking control of the game. The Wizards had a five point lead before Denver’s Wilson Chandler drained a three pointer to cut the lead to two.
On the ensuing inbounds pass, Paul Pierce basically threw the ball to Ty Lawson. Fortunately for the Wizards, Lawson rushed the shot, taking a fall-away with 1.1 left.
John Wall put together a second stellar game in as many nights on this road trip, leading his team to a win in a duel with Lawson. While Lawson finished with 31 points and 12 assists, Wall had four more assists and scored six points in the overtime period to finish with 19 points and 16 assists on the night.
Five Takeaways from this game
- The Wizards turnover problem is still just that, a problem. Against Portland they turned it over just 12 times, last night against Denver a staggering 17 times. That number can’t be that high on a nightly basis.
- Bench production. Washington had 44 points off the bench against Denver. Kris Humphries had 21 points and 14 rebounds
- Washington has continued to share the ball well, their ball movement has been impressive. Yes Wall had 16 helpers on his own, but at nine other Wizards had at least one assist versus Denver.
- Nene returns to Denver. The Brazilian big man was a former Nugget, he received a warm welcome in Denver. Nene had 14 points and five rebounds on seven of nine shooting.
- 3 point struggles. Washington is one of the best teams in the league in shooting from beyond the arc. Recently, they’ve been struggling, shooting just 33% against Portland and 28% last night in Denver.
The Wizards will have a day off before taking on the Los Angeles Lakers Tuesday night. Did any of you get to see Wall’s between the legs pass to a driving Gortat? If so, what did you think?