Here is today’s Wizards Report:
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Coverage of the Wizards and Clippers begins at 10:15 on the Washington Wizards Radio Network.
Fresh off the sting of their 95-94 loss in Sacramento, the Wizards responded by winning in Denver for the first time since December of 2005. It ended a five-game road losing streak in Denver and it was only the Nuggets third home loss of the season.
Wall, who was frustrated by missing two free throws late in the one-point loss to the Kings, made sure the Wizards did not let the Nuggets’ game slip from their grasp. With the Wizards leading 110-108 Wall blocked Ty Lawson's driving layup attempt with 2.7 seconds left and then scored the game’s final two points from the free throw line.
For the second consecutive game Wall came off the bench to deliver a double-double with 14 points, 12 assists, and two blocked shots in 25 minutes on the court. Lawson led the Nuggets with a game-high 29 points. He had 23 of those points in the third quarter when the Nuggets built a ten-point lead.
Down 87-80 to start the fourth quarter, the Wizards stormed out on a 12-0 run in 2:24 to take a 92-87 lead and then never trailed again. In that surge Kevin Seraphin scored four points and had a steal that led to a three-pointer by Jordan Crawford. Seraphin scored 14 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter including a put-back of a Trevor Ariza miss to make it 108-104 with 28.9 seconds left in the game.
Beal is averaging 20.8 points per game on 61.7 percent shooting (37-60) over the last five games.
The Wizards won because:
It is worth noting that the Wizards shot over 50 percent (51.3) from the field for only the second time this season, but their secret to success Friday in Denver is linked to rebounding. The Wizards out rebounded the Nuggets 45-34. Five Wizards had at least five rebounds led by Trevor Booker with eight. The Nuggets average 45 rebounds per-game and only had 9 offensive rebounds
“I know we are 8-29 but I think we are at 16, 17, 18 games with seven points or less, five overtimes and two double overtimes. This is a team that, with all of our injuries, we have a lot of guys that weren’t in a position to have to win games at the end. I think we have learned a lot of that and now getting our guys back healthy, only adds to that.”
From playing the Nuggets, who had only lost two games at home before Friday, the Wizards now must play the Clippers with a 19-4 home record at Staples Center. With or without Chris Paul, the Clippers have proven their quality.
Paul is listed as day-to-day with a contusion in his right kneecap. He missed the previous three games, but the Clippers still were victorious. In Paul's absence, Eric Bledsoe stepped up and scored 14 points against Memphis and 19 points against Houston.
Arguably the most dominant and energetic bench in the league (Jamal Crawford, Eric Bledsoe, Lamar Odom, Matt Barnes, Grant Hill, Ronny Turiaf).
- Clippers Bench: 2nd in PPG (41.7), 3rd in Reb (18.5), 4th Ast (8.7), 1st in Mins (21.5)
- Jamal Crawford is the best 6th man in the league. Leading scorer for the Clippers the last 3 games.