Wizards-Nuggets instant analysis

Wizards-Nuggets instant analysis
February 22, 2013, 9:30 pm
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A recap of the Washington Wizards 119-113 win over the Denver Nuggets:

How it happened:

This was more of a track meet than a basketball game. Neither team played a lick of defense with both squads combining for 172 points through three quarters. Denver likes to push the tempo and the Wizards beat them at their own game, but it didn’t come easily. Washington led by as many as 16 but Denver fought their way back into the game…

Key play:

With the Nuggets trailing by two with fewer than 40 seconds left, Ty Lawson drove to the basket for what would’ve been the equalizer, but Nene came up with a huge block. On the Wizards next possession John Wall knocked down a jumper with the shot clock winding down to secure the victory.

What it means:

The Wizards have now won nine of their last 11 games at Verizon Center. In this building they’ve shown that they can compete with anyone.

In spite of the win Wall continued to struggle with turnovers. He entered Friday’s game averaging five turnovers in his last five games. He had six more giveaways against Denver.

Important note:

Jason Collins who was acquired in the trade for Jordan Crawford hasn’t joined the Wizards yet. Randy Wittman said that Collins would be available for Saturday’s game against Houston.

Stat of the night:

In Tuesday’s loss to Toronto the Wizards scored 88 points. Through three quarters against Denver tonight they had totaled 94 points.

What’s next?

The Wizards will close out their three game home stand on Saturday against Houston. It will be James Harden’s first game in DC as a member of the Rockets. This summer it was rumored that Harden could’ve been traded from OKC to the Wizards. All Harden has gone on to do is average 26.5 points per game and earn his first All-Star berth.