Nuggets cool off Wizards

Nuggets cool off Wizards
January 21, 2012, 4:16 am
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Early on against Denver it looked like the Wizards would carry over the momentum they picked up in the upset win over Oklahoma City, leading the Nuggets 37-27 after the first quarter Friday night.

Wizards guard Nick Young was hot early as he scored 17 of his 25 points in that first stanza but he cooled off and so did the team the rest of the way, eventually losing 108-104 at home to the Nuggets.

Denver came right back and outscored the Wizards 36-24 in the second quarter and only trailed 63-61 at the break.

In the second half, reserve forward Al Harrington had the hot hand, hitting big shot after big shot down the stretch to lead Denver. Harrington finished with a game high 29 points.

"We're competing at a good level but now weve got to close out games," Wiz coach Flip Saunders said.

"We let this one slip away," Young said.

Wizards guard John Wall was one rebound shy of a triple double with 13 points, 10 assists and 9 boards but he struggled with his shot, going 4-17 from the field. Backup guard Jordan Crawford provided a spark off the bench with 18 points.

"This one hurt," Crawford said. "We shot ourselves in the foot and it hurt."

The Wizards are now 2-13 and they host Boston Sunday afternoon.