The Wizards completed their season series sweep of the Nuggets, scoring their second most points this year and never trailing in winning 119-113 at Verizon Center. For the first time in 2012-13, seven Wizards finished in double figures in the balanced scoring effort.

The scoring was early and often in this one and it was clear from the get go that it was going to be a track meet. By the six minute mark, the Wizards had already scored 19 points and were on their way to 33 in the first quarter, and a five point lead. The second quarter was more scoring with the Nuggets putting up a 36 spot and the Wizards 31, tying their highest scoring second quarter of the year. The 64-64 half time score was the most points the Wizards have had in a first half and also the most points they have conceded in either half this year.

After an extremely competitive first half, something changed at the opening of the second. The Wizards jumped all over the Nuggets, opening the half on a 13-0 run and mustering up a 16 point lead by the time the quarter was done. The Nuggets did not score their first points of the quarter until five and a half minutes in. The fourth quarter was once again a different story line, as after the Wizards would stretch the lead to 18, the Nuggets would run off an 18-4 run to cut the lead to four with six minutes to go in the game. The two teams went back and forth over the next five minutes and the Nuggets found themselves within two with less than a minute to go. John Wall though would hit a 19-footer for the dagger with 13 seconds to play to push the lead to four and close the game.

The Wizards got their ninth win in their last 11 contents at Verizon Center but did lose their streak of holding opponents under 100 points. The streak lasted 11 games, dating back to their 114-101 victory over the Timberwolves on January 25th. Rebounding and three point shooting were big differences in this one. The Wizards outrebounded the Nuggets 49-36, including 18-8 on the offensive glass. The Wizards also were 11/24 from three point range, while the Nuggets were just 4/22.

Seven Wizards finished in double figures and three had double-doubles. Emeka Okafor had 17 points and 13 rebounds, Bradley Beal had 17 points and 12 rebounds and John Wall had 14 points and 10 assists. Trevor Ariza had 16 points, Martell Webster 15, Nene 14 and AJ Price 12 to all finish in double figures.

Ty Lawson led all scorers with 27 points on 8/20 shooting and Wilson Chandler, Andre Miller and Corey Brewer all came off the bench to finish in double figures for the Nuggets.

The Wizards will be back home Saturday night against the Rockets. Tip-off is at 7pm.

John Wall
Points: 13
Steals: 1
Assists: 10

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Points: Bradley Beal and Emeka Okafor - 17
Rebounds: Emeka Okafor - 13
Assists: John Wall - 10
Blocks: John Wall - 3
Steals: Bradley Beal and Chris Singleton - 3

Randy Wittman Postgame

On the team effort:

“It was good to see us get back to playing our game. Everybody contributed. I stick Garrett Temple in there the last minute of the third quarter, and he comes up with three big points—picks up that shot in the corner, gets fouled and knocks down the free throw. Everybody came in and really contributed for us.”

Bradley Beal Postgame

On the team effort:

“Great team effort. We were moving the ball on offense, played great team defense, rebounded the ball well. I think we did a great job, probably one of the best games we’ve played. We made a great adjustment at half time.”

John Wall Postgame

On the game:

“I think we got back to where we wanted to be before the break started. I think in Detroit, and the game before this, when we played Toronto, we didn’t play like we were before the break started. We didn’t play as a team, we didn’t trust each other. The last two days in practice, we got back to trusting each other, and we came back and played as a team tonight. Like I said, you never know on any given night who is going to be our leading scorer, and that is one thing that is good about this team.”

Emeka Okafor Postgame

On the game:

“The ball was moving, zipping around. Today, everybody was unselfish. We were looking for the best shot available, and moved the ball around till we got it.”

A.J. Price Postgame

On playing unselfishly:

“When we’re moving the ball, playing unselfishly, that’s when we’re at our best. Everybody plays harder on both ends of the floor obviously because everybody’s touching the ball. When we play unselfishly, that’s when we play our best basketball.”