The Wizards hang on to win 117-115 in overtime as Ty Lawson misses a field goal with the game clock expiring. The Wizards were led by John Wall who had 19 points and 16 assists. Six Wizards players scored in double figures tonight including team highs 21 points and 14 rebounds from Kris Humphries off the bench.
The Nuggets came out very aggressive and energetic to start the game. The Nuggets are the best offensive rebounding team in the NBA and this was apparent right away as they had five opportunities to score on one possession early in the first. They ended the game with 14 offensive rebounds.
With the reserves in to start the second quarter, Jameer Nelson went on a personal 9-0 run hitting three 3’s in as many possessions. Andre Miller could not stay in front of him nor guard his shot. With the game starting to slip away from the Wizards, Coach Randy Wittman reinserted all of the Wizards starters at the 8:30 mark of the second quarter; a rare move. This sparked a run that got the Wiz back in the game.
The Wizards looked the push more in the second quarter. Wittman has been getting on the team, especially John Wall and Bradley Beal for not being aggressive as of late. The Wiz were able to get out and run as John found Brad in transition for a 3 to go up six. The Nuggets had an answer for every Wizards run. Hot shooting from Ty Lawson and Wilson Chandler kept the Nuggets in this game. The teams were tied at 59 going into halftime.
Once again, the Wizards got off to a very poor start to the third quarter. Nene missed a layup and then turned the ball over the next time down the floor. The Nuggets didn’t make the Wizards pay the price as they only had 13 points on 17 Wizards’ turnovers.
Paul Pierce continued to stay aggressive and got to the line when the team needed points. The Truth had 19 points with 10-14 shooting from the free throw line. Some of his shots were forced but he was really the only positive to start the third quarter for the Wizards. The Wizards finally got going about eight minutes into the quarter when John Wall threw a between the legs pass to Gortat to cut the Nuggets lead to one.
Kevin Seraphin started the fourth quarter hot hitting his patented jump hook over J.J. Hickson as well as a nice drive and lay in. The Wizards executed very nicely in the 4th quarter. Both John Wall and Kris Humphries logged their double doubles in the quarter. With the game tied at 105, Kenneth Faried drove the length of the court and went up for a layup and got fouled with one second to play. Faried choked and missed both free throws. We’d be going to overtime.
Kris Humphries started the overtime hot going on a personal 6-0 to start the period. The Nuggets always had and answer. Ty Lawson and Wilson Chandler continued to hit clutch buckets. With the Wizards up five with just 10 seconds to play, Wilson Chandler hit a 3 point basket. Paul Pierce tried to inbound the ball quickly which was then intercepted by Ty Lawson. Ty Lawson put up a jumper but missed with the game clock expiring. The Wiz escape with a 117-115 win.
It wasn’t pretty but the Wiz would sneak away with their 30th win of the season.