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Wizards surprise another top team with win over Nuggets

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WASHINGTON -- A day after spending 2½ hours at the dentist to fix his two chipped front teeth -- parts of which apparently became embedded in Cartier Martin's forehead -- Bradley Beal landed hard on the court while his Washington Wizards were trying to hold on to a lead.

It was therefore fitting that, after he showered in the locker room, he put on a sweatshirt with the word "Reckless."

"That's me," Beal said. "Young and reckless."

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Teammates were razzing the rookie after the game, which was OK because the Wizards came away with a win despite wasting much of an 18-point fourth-quarter lead. Washington put seven players in double figures Friday night in a 119-113 victory over the Denver Nuggets.

"We were saying on the bench -- he's having a rough rookie year," said Emeka Okafor, who led the Wizards with 17 points and 13 rebounds. "Got his teeth knocked out yesterday, and then continued to get banged up twice, ran into the cameraman and then did some type of gymnastic-worthy landing. It's crazy, but he's a tough kid, he's young, his body can handle it."

Beal, who finished 17 points and a career-high 12 rebounds, banged his head while fouling Ty Lawson as the guard drove to the basket with 1:07 to play. Beal lay on the floor for a few moments but was quickly back in the game and hit a pair of clinching free throws in the final seconds.

He was wearing a mouth guard because of his head-to-head collision with Martin in practice a day earlier, an impact so powerful that Martin said the doctor removed parts of Beal's teeth while sewing more than a dozen stitches to close the wound.

"It's been a tough week," Beal said.

The Wizards never trailed as they broke a two-game losing streak and added another example to its knack for knocking off top teams while sitting near the bottom of the NBA standings.

It's the kind of loss the Nuggets don't need as they jostle for seeding in the Western Conference. They've dropped four straight on the road, giving up at least 109 points each time.

"I'm a little concerned," Denver coach George Karl said, "that we don't respect the opponent on the road enough to think defense first and then worry about offense -- because offense usually happens when we play defense."

The Nuggets shot 48 percent from the field but made only 4 of 22 3-pointers. Lawson had 27 points and 12 assists, Wilson Chandler had 22 points, and Andre Miller scored a season-high 19. They also have the dubious distinction of getting swept by the Wizards, having lost at home to Washington 112-108 on Jan. 18.

The Nuggets cut the Wizards' lead to three on Andre Iguodala's baseline 3-pointer with 4:02 remaining and pulled within two after John Wall fancy-dribbled himself into a turnover that led to a Nuggets fast break, with Lawson hitting a pair of free throws with 1:07 remaining to make it 113-111.

Wall missed a floater with under a minute to play, but Nene blocked Lawson's layup with 33 seconds to go to keep the margin at two. Wall then redeemed himself, making an open 19-footer that put the Wizards ahead 115-111 with 14 seconds left. Miller then missed a driving layup in a crowd that essentially ended Denver's last threat.

JaVale McGee, traded from the Wizards to the Nuggets at last year's trade deadline, made in his first return visit to Washington. He heard some boos and a few claps as he entered the game in the first quarter, and his foul on Garrett Temple's 14-foot jumper allowed Washington to convert a momentum-sustaining three-point play at the end of the third quarter.

"It really wasn't emotional. For some reason I have a selective memory," McGee said after putting on a pair of Dr. Seuss socks. "So I remember the stuff I want to remember, so it wasn't like I was having flashbacks or stuff like that."

Notes

  • Jason Collins, acquired by Washington in the trade that sent Jordan Crawford to the Boston Celtics, will join the Wizards for Saturday's home game against the Houston Rockets.
  • Washington ended an 11-game streak of holding opponents under 100 points.
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Bradley Beal takes a hard fall late but ends the game with 17 points and a career-high 12 rebounds.  (USA Today Sports)
Bradley Beal takes a hard fall late but ends the game with 17 points and a career-high 12 rebounds. (USA Today Sports)

Scoreboard
Denver (34-22)28361435113
Washington (16-37) «33313025119
DEN:T. Lawson 27 Pts
DEN:K. Koufos 7 Reb
DEN:T. Lawson 12 Ast
WAS:E. Okafor 17 Pts
WAS:E. Okafor 13 Reb
WAS:J. Wall 10 Ast
Players of the Game
DenverWashington

Ty Lawson

Bradley Beal
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
2741217124
Denver
T. Lawson, PG388-2011-12412327
A. Iguodala, SG343-50-25548
D. Gallinari, SF282-52-23126
K. Faried, SF232-42-24016
K. Koufos, C181-62-27014
W. Chandler, SF288-155-540522
A. Miller, PG277-114-447519
C. Brewer, SF245-102-212012
J. McGee, C203-53-64039
A. Randolph, PFDid Not Play
J. Hamilton, SFDid Not Play
T. Mozgov, CDid Not Play
J. Stone, PGDid Not Play
E. Fournier, SGDid Not Play
Q. Miller, SFDid Not Play
Totals 39-8131-37362724113
 48.1%83.8% 
Washington
B. Beal, SG383-89-11124317
M. Webster, SG356-120-072515
J. Wall, PG335-124-4110314
Nene, C305-114-443414
E. Okafor, C278-141-5132217
T. Ariza, SG275-114-443216
A. Price, PG164-90-013112
T. Booker, PF142-20-23004
C. Singleton, SF132-41-22045
K. Seraphin, PF71-30-01022
G. Temple, SG21-21-11003
J. Collins, CDid Not Play
L. Barbosa, SGDid Not Play
C. Martin, PFDid Not Play
J. Vesely, SFDid Not Play
Totals 42-8824-33492726119
 47.7%72.7% 
Other Games
Det 82 Final
Ind 114
NY 98 Final
Tor 100
Chi 105 Final
Char 75
Sac 108 Final
Atl 122
Hou 106 Final
Brook 96
Dal 104 Final
NO 100
Min 111 Final
OKC 127
Orl 82 Final
Mem 88
Bos 113 Final
Pho 88
SA 101 Final
GS 107
Port 107 Final
LAL 111