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Nuggets Vs. Wizards: Denver Holds Off Washington, Wins Comfortably 120-109

The Denver Nuggets took it to the Wizards from the start and never were threatened in a 120-109 win in Carmelo Anthony's only visit to Washington D.C.

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Nuggets Vs. Wizards: Denver Keeps Washington At Arms Length In 120-109 Win Win

It's hard to say the entire second half was garbage time, since the Washington Wizards were in the game against the Denver Nuggets, but they also never seriously threatened to take control. They didn't manage to get any closer than nine points until the closing seconds and eventually fell 120-109. The Wizards fall to 13-31 on the season, while the Nuggets improved to 26-18. 

In the second half, it was Al Harrington that drowned the Wizards' attempts to rally with timely three-point shots. Harrington hit five of seven from three-point range and finished with 21 points in all. He also saved the Nuggets when the Wizards rallied to cut the Nuggets lead to just 10 points with 5:26 remaining. He nailed one three-pointer, then added another on the ensuing possession to move the lead back to 16.

All in all, six Nuggets scored in double figures, led by Carmelo Anthony, who scored 23 points despite sitting out much of the fourth quarter.

Nick Young led the Wizards with 26 points, while Andray Blatche added 23, 15 of which came in the first quarter. 

The Wizards will not play again until Friday, when they hit the road to take on the Oklahoma City Thunder at 8 p.m. on Friday.


Nuggets Vs. Wizards: Denver Scoring At Will, Leads 68-56 At Halftime

The Washington Wizards are playing like they are in their fourth game in five nights, and it has showed on the defensive end. The Wizards are getting lit up by the Denver Nuggets, trailing 68-56 at halftime.

The Nuggets are shooting 58 percent from the field and already have five players in double figures. Chauncey Billups and Nene have 15 points each, Arron Afflalo has 11 and Carmelo Anthony has 10. Point guard Ty Lawson added 12 points off the bench to account for most of the offense. The Nuggets have hit six of nine from behind the three-point line and have already attempted 21 free throws.

The Wizards are also shooting 58 percent from the field, but have shot themselves in the foot in other ways. They haven't made a three-pointer and have only gotten to the free-throw line 11 times. Andray Blatche leads the way with 17 points, but just two of those came in the second quarter. Nick Young added 15 points, but nobody else really has shown up. John Wall has just four points (though he does have five assists), and Rashard Lewis has just two points.

The Wizards did get a highlight play from Trevor Booker to end the half. He dribbled the ball up the floor, turned and banked in a 22-foot jumper while being guarded by two players to cut the lead to 68-56.


Nuggets Vs. Wizards: Andray Blatche Starring, But Washington Trails 33-26 After One Quarter

The Washington Wizards are playing their fourth game in five nights, and it showed in the first quarter against the Denver Nuggets. The Wizards came out with little energy, allowing the Nuggets to roll all over them. However, they rallied and trail just 33-26 at the end of the first quarter.

Andray Blatche, after facing heavy criticism from yet another confusing radio appearance, has shown up for the Wizards. He has 15 of the team's 26 points, and has been aggressive getting to the basket. Alas, nobody else has really come along for the ride. John Wall and Rashard Lewis have both yet to score, with Lewis bricking several wide open three-pointers and Wall missing a wide open layup near the end of the half.

Carmelo Anthony has five points on just 1-6 shoting, but it's Chauncey Billups that has picked up the slack for the Nuggets. Billups has 12 points and has yet to miss a shot from the field. He picked up two early fouls, but George Karl trusted him and left in there to bury the Wizards. 


Nuggets Vs. Wizards: Carmelo Anthony Soap Opera Comes To The Verizon Center

WASHINGTON D.C. - Fresh off losing their 21st straight road game, the Washington Wizards return home for a quick pit stop against Carmelo Anthony and the Denver Nuggets before hitting the road for a four-game Western Conference road trip. It seemed improbable that Anthony would still be with the Nuggets as of a couple weeks ago, but then the New Jersey Nets put the breaks on a trade that would have sent Anthony there. 

Flip Saunders' attention, though, was on his power forward, Andray Blatche. Saunders was very reflective in response to comments by Blatche on the radio and the criticism that came before it. Saunders backed up his statement that Blatche was "terrible" against the Knicks, saying "the truth can be controversial. I was just stating a fact."

On the whole, though, Saunders defended his player, saying he was going through ups and downs fighting through pain. 

"There's also a point where, if he's your main guy ... at some point in the fourth quarter ... you're going to have to get something inside," he said.  "When you have main-type players, that's why you have them as your main players."

Saunders said John Wall, for example, has struggled on the road in key situations too, and Blatche should be able to work out the kinks, as long as his "energy level" stays high.

"Sometimes, in order to develop, you'll have to fail," Saunders said.

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