Nuggets wrap up road trip Monday night in Washington

Denver can finish 4-2 with a victory against the Wizards
by Aaron Lopez

During their record-setting 2012-13 season, the Denver Nuggets beat every NBA team at least once.

With one exception: The Washington Wizards.

The Nuggets will get another shot at the Wizards when they complete their six-game road trip Monday night in Washington. Denver is 3-2 on the trip, which has covered more than 3,500 miles so far.

After winning 15 of 18 games in the series, the Nuggets were swept by Washington last season. The Wizards won at Pepsi Center on Jan. 8 and then beat Denver again at Verizon Center on Feb. 22.

It will be the third meeting between Denver and Washington since the Nuggets acquired center JaVale McGee in exchange for forward/center Nene on March 15, 2012. McGee is out with a stress fracture in his right tibia, while Nene is a game-time decision with tendinitis in his right foot.

Denver also could be without starting point guard Ty Lawson for the second game in a row. Lawson, averaging a team-leading 19.3 points and 8.0 assists, did not play Saturday against Philadelphia because of a strained left hamstring.

The Nuggets tapped into their depth to make up for Lawson’s absence in a 103-92 win over the 76ers.

Steady veteran Andre Miller moved into the starting lineup and contributed eight points and seven assists, while combo guard Nate Robinson scored 20 points off the bench. Denver also got nice contributions from reserves Jordan Hamilton, Timofey Mozgov and Anthony Randolph.

“Everybody stepped in and contributed,” Miller said. “We have to turn around and play one more game (on the road trip), and hopefully we can finish it off on the right note.”

After returning home, the Nuggets will have three days off before opening a four-game homestand Friday against the Utah Jazz.


WHEN: 5 p.m. MT
WHERE: Verizon Center, Washington, D.C.
TV; RADIO: Altitude; AM-950

DENVER (12-8)

F Wilson Chandler
F Kenneth Faried
C J.J. Hickson
G Randy Foye
G Andre Miller

F Martell Webster
F Nene
C Marcin Gortat
G Trevor Ariza
G John Wall

Ty Lawson (left hamstring strain) is a game-time decision; Danilo Gallinari (knee) and JaVale McGee (fractured left tibia) are out.
WASHINGTON: Nene (right foot tendinitis) and Webster (sprained left ankle) are questionable; Bradley Beal (stress reaction, right fibula) and Al Harrington (sore right knee) are out.

The Nuggets have fared well overall against the Wizards in recent years, having gone 15-5 in the last 20 meetings since the end of the 2002-03 season . . . The Nuggets have won seven of the last 10 meetings with the Wizards at Verizon Center – with the average margin of victory being 14.5 points . . . The Wizards swept Denver in 2012-13, the first time the Nuggets have gone winless in the season series since 2001-02 and just the fifth time since they joined the NBA . . . The Nuggets swept the season series in 2010-11 and 2011-12, which marked the fifth and sixth time in the last 10 years that the Nuggets swept the Wizards.