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Sunday, March 23rd
(All times Eastern)
Washington Wizards (36-33) at Denver Nuggets (31-38), 5 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Washington Wizards hope to wrap up their western
road trip on a winning note when they visit the Denver Nuggets Sunday.
The Wizards lost to Sacramento and Portland to start the sojourn and rebounded
with Friday's 117-107 win over the Los Angeles Lakers. John Wall had 28 points
and 14 assists to lead the Wizards, while Marcin Gortat added 13 points and 13
Bradley Beal scored 18 points in the win, Washington's third in the last seven
tries. Beal is averaging 19.0 points in his last nine games.
"A win is a win," said Wizards forward Trevor Ariza, who had 12 points and
seven rebounds. "It's tough to win on the road. We slowed it down and played
our pace tonight."
Washington has a 19-17 away mark this season and will start a three-game
homestand Wednesday versus Phoenix, Indiana and Atlanta.
The Wizards are sixth in the Eastern Conference -- one game behind Brooklyn.
Denver is 10 games off a playoff spot and it's unlikely the Nuggets will make
a push toward the postseason.
The Nuggets had won two in a row and four of five games until dropping a
122-106 decision at Dallas on Friday. Ty Lawson had 17 points and nine
assists, but also committed seven of Denver's 16 turnovers. J.J. Hickson
scored 18 to pace the Nuggets.
"I thought we had a lot of shots that we missed," Nuggets guard Darrell Arthur
said. "I have to give credit to their defense. They stepped their defense up
today and made us play."
Denver allowed Dallas to shoot 54 percent from the field and was outrebounded
by a 48-35 difference. The Nuggets have won four in a row at home and are
18-16 in the Mile High City. They have a tough road ahead with visits to
Oklahoma City and San Antonio.
The Nuggets defeated Washington 75-74 on Dec. 9 in D.C. and have won five of
the last seven games in this series. The Wizards have lost eight of 10 trips
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