"Hopefully, what you do is go out and sustain that hard work and hard play," Wizards coach Flip Saunders said on facing the Denver Nuggets Friday night at home. "Weve just got to carry over what we did in the Oklahoma City game into the Denver game and worry about not so much what they do but what we do."
The 2-12 Wizards are coming off their biggest win of the season, 105-102 over Oklahoma City, on Wednesday night.
The Wizards certainly picked up their defensive intensity in the win over the Thunder and they will have to bring that mindset against the up-tempo Nuggets.
"They are probably the best running team in the league," Saunders said. "They have a lot of depth and they bring scoring off the bench."
Wizards point guard John Wall scored 25 points in the win over the Thunder after pumping in a career high 38 versus Houston. After being roundly criticized for his lackluster play, Wall responded with those two big games.
"I just use it as motivation," Wall said. "That's what happens when you are the franchise guy or the leader of the team, you are going to hear it."
Wall will be matched up with another young point guard in Denver's Ty Lawson, who averages 17 points and 7 assists.
"He's another guy that is crafty and very explosive with the ball so it will be a tough match-up but I think we can get the win," Wall said.
Denver is off to a 10-5 start and has won two straight games. The Nuggets are very balanced in scoring, with six players averaging in double figures.
"They are a different challenge," Saunders said. "They are a very good basketball team."