The Wizards use a huge second quarter to take control and beat the Denver Nuggets 119-89. The win moves the Wizards to 13-5, within one game of first place in the eastern conference, and the team is off to their best start since the 1974-1975 season. Kris Humphries led the Wizards in scoring with 20 points on 7-11 shooting while Rasual Butler and Kevin Seraphin chipped in with 16 points a piece off the bench.
The Wizards actually started the game quite sluggish, turning the ball over three times on their first four possessions. Shots weren’t falling either at first but the Wizards managed the get to the line and made their first six free throws. The Wizards took control towards the end of the first quarter when Bradley Beal went on a personal 11-0 run including 3 three pointers in as many possessions; all assisted by John Wall might I add.
The #benchmob came in and the Wiz didn’t miss a beat (sounds familiar no?) The bench combined for 50 points on the evening, a season high. Rasual Butler continued his hot shooting scoring the first six points of the second quarter for the Wiz. The bench’s defensive play really turned this game around as well. Blocks by Otto Porter and Nene both led to easy baskets on the other end. The Wiz outscored the Nuggets 35-18 in the second quarter and raced into halftime with a 19 point lead on 56% shooting and 18 assists in the first half.
Past Wizards teams (and even a few times this season) have had trouble hanging on to big leads. Not the case tonight. The Wiz came out in the 3rd quarter looking to push the ball. John Wall had a nice block on Wilson Chandler going up for a dunk, sprinted down court and found The Real Deal Beal for a three on the left side. Kris Humphries also chipped in in the quarter with three jumpers. If it weren’t for Wilson Chandler, this game would have completely gotten out of control. Chandler did his best to keep the Nuggets in the game. He went on a personal 11-0 run including two 3 pointers in the quarter to keep the Wiz lead around 20.
Once again, the #benchmob came in to close things out. Two nice passes from Andre Miller to Kevin Seraphin and Otto Porter for alley oop dunks put an exclamation point on this one. The Wizards go 4-0 on this home stand with two games against the Celtics coming up.
Notes: Once again, John Wall messed around and almost got a triple double. John’s final stat line was 9 points, 12 assists, 8 rebounds, and 2 blocks. This was the second time in the last three games that he didn’t play in the fourth quarter because the Wizards were winning by 20+ points.