Trailing 87-80 heading into the fourth quarter, the Wizards opened the fourth on a 12-0 run and would never look back, hanging on to a 112-108 win in Denver on Friday night.

The Nuggets had a chance to tie on their last possession, trailing 110-108 with 12 seconds left. Ty Lawson made a strong drive to the hoop but John Wall came off his defender and swatted away Lawson's attempt. Wall was then fouled and would sink two free throws to seal the deal in Denver and give the Wizards their fourth win in five games.

Bradley Beal had another tremendous game, scoring a team-high 23 points on 4-7 from 3-point range. John Wall finished with his second straight double-double, tallying 14 points and 12 assists. Kevin Seraphin had a huge second-half and finished the game with 18 points and seven rebounds. Trevor Ariza hit three 3-pointers in the second half and finished with 14 points, while Emeka Okafor and Martell Webster finished with 10 each. In his return to Denver, Nene ended with seven points and four rebounds.

Next, the Wizards head to L.A. to take on the Clippers on Saturday night (10:30pm).

Kevin Seraphin
Points: 18
Rebounds: 7
Assists: 0

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Points: Bradley Beal - 23
Rebounds: Trevor Booker - 8
Assists: John Wall - 12
Blocks: Wall & Emeka Okafor - 2
Steals: Nene & Okafor - 3

On the game:

“We played the game the way we wanted to play tonight. This is a very good team and we came in knowing we had to play one of our better games and we were concerned, number one, they are the best offensive rebounding team in the league, fast-break points in the league and points in the paint, and we wanted to limit at least two of those three things. We out-rebounded them in the offensive boards, 12-9, and fast-break points, 21-18 so we felt if we could do those two things, we could hang in there. I was a little concerned with our turnovers but we only had seven in the second half and 13 for the game. It was a great team win; we had guys come in like Kevin [Seraphin] and Trevor Ariza had some big shots for us. [Trevor] Booker, his minutes, he hasn’t played, he’s been injured all year, came in and gave us some solid minutes. We finally get Jordan Crawford back from injury; John [Wall] makes a hell of a block at the end and makes two free throws that sealed it so it was an all-around great effort.”
On block:

“I knew they were going to go for the tie because it would be tough to get a three off of the switch, we switched everything. I saw Ty Lawson had Martell [Webster] beat and he had no other way to go up for the shot. It would be tough to get a pass off for them. I just tried to get a block without fouling. I started out the play on Andre Miller and just came over to the weak side. It was just reaction; usually they run a high pick-and-roll and it is kind of hard to stop a fast guard getting into the lane and he had been doing a good job of making threes in the second half and getting to the free throw line. I saw he had Martell beat and Martell kind of slipped; he basically had an easy layup to tie the game. I just wanted to go over there and make a play.”

On finishing:

“Coach [Wittman] did a good job of telling us what we had to do. We are just trying to keep improving; we gave the game away in Sacramento down the stretch. We just wanted to make plays; Trevor Ariza made great shots, [Jordan Crawford] made a big free throw, Bradley [Beal] made one. I made two; we came up big down the stretch.”
On Wall's Block:

It was a great defensive play by John. We didn’t want to foul him [Ty Lawson], there was a little bit of contact so I am glad the ref didn’t call that. John was able to block the shot and get fouled and knocked down two free throws at the end of the game.”

On road win:

“It feels great because this team is 15-2 at home. It is really tough to come here and win. Based on the team, it is really tough to deal with the altitude. I think we did a really great job of staying the course when they went on that run. We did a great job of defending and being able to execute on offense.”