Trans. Dec 10 12:51 ET (Dec 10 12:51 ET ) In Friday's 109-105 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks in overtime, it was John Wall and Trevor Ariza stumbling into each other to cause a turnover that ended the Wizards' chances of pulling out the victory. Monday vs. the Denver Nuggets, it was Ariza and Marcin Gortat who were disconnected. Coming out of a timeout with 23 seconds left, Ariza drove into the paint, drew the defense and anticipated that Gortat would be cutting toward the basket. He would've had a dunk, possibly uncontested, as Ariza's dribble penetration from the corner into the lane drew Kenneth Faried and Wilson Chandler.
To prepare for the playoffs, Denver coach Brian Shaw said he wants his high-scoring team to learn to win tough games. There was no better training ground for bump-and-grind basketball than Monday's 75-74 victory over the Washington Wizards. Wilson Chandler scored 17 points, Nate Robinson added 16, and Kenneth Faried had a key block and transition dunk with 33 seconds left. Washington had three possessions after Faried put Denver ahead, but John Wall missed a layup, Trevor Ariza missed a 3-pointer, Chandler blocked a layup try by Garrett Temple, and Robinson stripped the ball from Wall in the closing seconds.
WASHINGTON -- John Wall claimed foul on the final play, while Nate Robinson pleaded the fifth on his winning, defensive move. Whether Robinson, the Denver Nuggets' point guard, made a clean steal on Wall, the Washington Wizards' point guard, was up for debate postgame, but both offenses were guilty of scuffling. The Nuggets had no issues with the final verdict. Small forward Wilson Chandler scored 17 points and Robinson had 16 as Denver outlasted Washington during a low-scoring second half for a 75-74 win Monday night.
The Washington Wizards struggled making shots, finishing 32-89 (36.0%), including 5-24 (20.8%) from three-point range, as they couldn't pick up the close victory over Denver Nuggets, 75-74. Wilson Chandler scored 17 points on 7-10 shooting, including 3-6 on 3-point attempts, in a quality performance offensively. On 8-20 shooting, including 2-5 from behind the arc, John Wall scored 20 points for Washington in the loss. Marcin Gortat chipped in 16 points and 8 rebounds, Trevor Ariza finished with 14 points and 7 rebounds, and Trevor Booker put up 12 points and 12 rebounds.
Wilson Chandler scored 17 points, Nate Robinson added 16, and Kenneth Faried had a key block and transition dunk with 33 seconds left to lift the Denver Nuggets to 75-74 victory over the Washington Wizards on Monday night. Washington had three possessions after Faried put Denver ahead, but John Wall missed a layup, Trevor Ariza missed a 3-pointer, Chandler blocked a layup try by Garrett Temple, and Robinson stripped the ball from Wall in the closing seconds.