In the third game of a four game home stand, the Nuggets hosted the Washington Wizards and took the unfortunate loss in the Pepsi Center with Washington sweeping the season series.
In the absence of Danilo Gallinari and Nikola Jokic tonight due to illness, Juancho Hernangomez and Mason Plumlee got the start. Plumlee put up 19 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, and 5 assists for a double-double in his 31 minutes tonight. Juancho had 7 points, 9 boards, and 1 dime.
John Wall and Bradley Beal combined for 53 points. Wall had 30 points, 3 rebounds, and 10 assists in his 35 minutes. Beal had 24 points, 3 rebounds, and 5 assists. Otto Porter Jr. was right behind the two leaders with 22 points of his own, in addition to 3 rebounds and 1 assist.
The Nuggets were less than impressive tonight. They led for the majority of the first before ultimately being outscored 35-28 and then again, 32-22, in the second by the Wizards. Going in to the half, the Nuggets trailed the Wizards by 17, 67-50. In the third, the Nuggets came out and outscored Washington 35-30 and then again in the fourth, 28-26.
The Nuggets trailed by as many as 24 in the third quarter before rallying and coming within 9. There were many large stretches where the Nuggets didn’t score at all and their 16 turnovers didn’t help them tonight.
Regardless of tonights loss, Coach Malone still hopes that the Nuggets will find a sense of consistency through the next 18 games. Malone did comment that he’s glad that the team didn’t give up, regardless of how large of a deficit they were in, and he finds that to be a very good sign.
The Wizards have the best record in the NBA since January 1st and tonight was a second night of a back-to-back. The Nuggets failed to bring the energy and the Wizards looked like they’ve had a break when they should’ve been outright exhausted. Regardless of Washington having one of the best backcourts in the league, the Nuggets were inconsistent. The defense was nonexistent for the majority of the game, though there were many times that the Nuggets were able to get stops.
“It can’t be one night you play defense and the next night you don’t.” -Coach Malone said, speaking of the difference between Monday and tonight
The Nuggets ultimately took the 123-113 loss, dropping to 29-35 on their season. The Wizards improved to 39-24 on their season.
FG%: 52.9% 56.8%
3PT%: 46.4% 42.3%
FT: 47.1% 63.2%
Rebounds: 43 39
Assists: 31 31
Steals: 6 10
Blocks: 2 0
Turnovers: 16 12
Points in Paint: 56 58
Fast Break Points: 17 19
We will host the Boston Celtics on Friday night to end our four game home stand.
Tipoff is at 7:00 pm.