The Denver Nuggets defeated the Washington Wizards 75-74 at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC. The Nuggets improved to 13-8, and the Wizards fell to 9-11.
The low scoring nature of the game is better understood when one realizes the leading scorers for both teams were out. Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal is averaging 20.6 ppg, and has not played since November 23rd due to a leg injury. Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson is day-to-day with a hamstring injury, and his ability as a facilitator averaging 19.3 points and 8.0 assists per game was sorely missed by Denver.
The Nuggets were losing 58-62 to begin the fourth, and finally overtook the Wizards at 3:24 off a Nate Robinson layup. At 2:31, Wizards power forward Trevor Booker made two free throws to put Washington back on top 74-73. After a few missed shots by both teams, Denver power forward Kenneth Faried made a game-winning two-pointer with 32 second to go. Faried gave the Wizards a chance to win the game after missing two free throws with four seconds on the clock. However, Nate the Great would steal the ball from John Wall, securing a victory for Denver.
Next game: Denver plays Utah at 9 pm ET on Friday. Washington travels to Atlanta for a game against the Hawks at 7:30 pm ET on Friday.