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Beal scores 20 points, Wizards beat Nuggets 109-104

DENVER (AP) Scott Brooks took what basically amounted to a late-game charge.

That's right, the coach of the Washington Wizards.

Brooks stepped onto the court after a timeout with 32 seconds remaining and was bumped into by Nikola Jokic, who was on his way the bench. Jokic was assessed a technical foul in a strange occurrence that helped the Wizards to a 109-104 win over the Denver Nuggets on Monday night.

Whether it was intentional or accidental by Jokic - or even embellished on the part of the Wizards coach - well, it depends on who's asked.

''It was an awkward, weird situation. I don't think (Jokic) did it on purpose, but it happened,'' Brooks said. ''I've never had that happen before.''

Bradley Beal ended up making the technical free throw and the Wizards increased their lead to 105-102. Beal then sealed it with a driving layup.

After the game, Jokic said he was upset about being pushed from behind just before the timeout and was just making his way back to the Nuggets side.

''I tried to look at the score and hit ... the coach,'' Jokic said. ''I'm sorry because I put my team in a bad position.''

Jokic's coach had his back.

''I just watched it 10 times. Nikola said he didn't do it intentional,'' Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. ''Nikola is walking off the court. Scott Brooks is walking on the court. There's contact made. It was embellished a little, to be honest, I think.

''I don't think it was intentional, either. Scott Brooks is a very good coach and a good guy. Things happen in the heat of the moment you can't always explain.''

In an interview with a pool reporter, crew chief Derrick Stafford said the officials assessed a technical because Jokic, ''intentionally walked into Scotty Brooks on his way to the bench.''

Beal scored 20 points as all five Washington starters reached double figures. John Wall finished with 19 points as he struggled from the floor (3 of 13) but made up for it on the free throw line (13 of 15). He added 12 assists as the Wizards improved to 3-0.

Otto Porter Jr. had 17 points and 10 rebounds.

Jokic broke out of a scoring slump with 29 points. His running layup early in the first quarter ended a string of six straight quarters without a point.

''I scored and we lost. Maybe it's better for me to not score,'' Jokic said.

TIP-INS

Wizards: F/C Jason Smith missed the game in his home state with a sprained right shoulder. Smith grew up in nearby Kersey and went to school at Colorado State. ''He's been wanting to play well and hit 17 3s against them, but it's not going to happen tonight,'' Brooks said. ''He will have to save it for next year.'' ... F Markieff Morris missed the game as he recovers from sports hernia surgery. ... Kelly Oubre Jr. had nine of his 14 points in the fourth quarter.

Nuggets: F Juancho Hernangomez was out with an illness. ... F Richard Jefferson dressed but didn't play. He signed a one-year deal last week. ... F Paul Millsap finished with 17 points. ... The Nuggets have dropped three straight to the Wizards. ... G Emmanuel Mudiay had 15 points off the bench.

TURNOVERS

The Wizards took advantage of 24 turnovers and finished 26 of 28 from the free throw line.

''We showed glimpses of our defense at times,'' Wall said. ''We're a long, active team. We can put pressure on teams in the pick-and-roll and trust and help each other. We turn teams over and get more possessions.''

QUOTABLE

''John Wall is in attack mode every minute he's on the floor. He's playing downhill, playing north-and-south and getting to the basket. ... We have to show a crowd to him all night long, to take away those driving lanes.'' Nuggets coach Michael Malone said of stopping Wall.

UP NEXT

Wizards: At the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday for their second contest on a four-game West Coast swing.

Nuggets: Play in Charlotte on Wednesday against Dwight Howard and the Hornets.

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Key Players
J. Wall
2 G
P. Millsap
4 F
30.5 Min. Per Game 30.5
18.5 Pts. Per Game 18.5
1.5 Ast. Per Game 1.5
7.5 Reb. Per Game 7.5
39.6 Field Goal % 51.2
11.1 Three Point % 33.3
85.7 Free Throw % 81.8
  Team rebound 0:00
  Jamal Murray missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:00
+ 1 John Wall made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:07
+ 1 John Wall made 1st of 2 free throws 0:07
  Personal foul on Jamal Murray 0:07
+ 2 Paul Millsap made layup, assist by Jamal Murray 0:08
+ 2 Bradley Beal made driving layup, assist by John Wall 0:12
+ 1 Bradley Beal made free throw 0:32
  Unsportsmanlike technical foul 0:32
+ 2 Jamal Murray made jump shot 0:32
+ 2 John Wall made jump shot 0:44
Team Stats
Points 109 104
Field Goals 37-84 (44.0%) 39-80 (48.8%)
3-Pointers 9-30 (30.0%) 8-23 (34.8%)
Free Throws 26-28 (92.9%) 18-23 (78.3%)
Total Rebounds 43 52
Offensive 10 9
Defensive 28 35
Team 5 8
Assists 24 27
Steals 13 5
Blocks 3 2
Turnovers 15 23
Fouls 24 22
Technicals 0 1
19 PTS, 1 REB, 12 AST
29 PTS, 9 REB, 5 AST
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away team logo Wizards 3-0 29272231109
home team logo Nuggets 1-2 29262227104
Team Stats
away team logo Wizards 3-0 107.2 PPG 40 RPG 23.3 APG
home team logo Nuggets 1-2 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
B. Beal G 22.6 PPG 4.4 RPG 4.5 APG 46.0 FG%
N. Jokic C 18.5 PPG 10.7 RPG 6.1 APG 50.0 FG%
Top Scorers
B. Beal G 20 PTS 5 REB 2 AST
N. Jokic C 29 PTS 9 REB 5 AST
44.0 FG% 48.8
30.0 3PT FG% 34.8
92.9 FT% 78.3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Beal 35 20 5 2 1 0 2 1 8/17 1/5 3/3 1 4 28 +5
J. Wall 35 19 1 12 2 1 2 2 3/13 0/3 13/15 0 1 45 +5
O. Porter 32 17 10 3 4 1 1 2 6/13 3/6 2/2 2 8 37 +12
K. Oubre 37 14 4 1 2 1 1 2 5/10 2/5 2/2 0 4 22 +12
M. Gortat 28 13 5 2 1 0 4 6 6/7 0/0 1/1 2 3 19 0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Beal 35 20 5 2 1 0 2 1 8/17 1/5 3/3 1 4 28 +5
J. Wall 35 19 1 12 2 1 2 2 3/13 0/3 13/15 0 1 45 +5
O. Porter 32 17 10 3 4 1 1 2 6/13 3/6 2/2 2 8 37 +12
K. Oubre 37 14 4 1 2 1 1 2 5/10 2/5 2/2 0 4 22 +12
M. Gortat 28 13 5 2 1 0 4 6 6/7 0/0 1/1 2 3 19 0
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Frazier 14 10 2 3 2 0 0 4 3/4 1/2 3/3 1 1 20 -4
J. Meeks 15 5 1 0 0 0 1 0 1/7 1/6 2/2 0 1 5 -4
T. Satoransky 4 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 2/2 1/1 0/0 0 1 6 -3
I. Mahinmi 18 4 8 0 1 0 2 5 2/6 0/0 0/0 4 4 11 +5
M. Scott 17 2 1 1 0 0 2 2 1/5 0/2 0/0 0 1 3 -3
J. Smith - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Morris - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Felix - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Young - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Robinson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. McCullough - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Mac - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 109 38 24 13 3 15 24 37/84 9/30 26/28 10 28 196 +25
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
N. Jokic 35 29 9 5 1 0 7 4 9/14 3/3 8/8 2 7 42 -1
P. Millsap 30 17 8 0 0 0 2 2 8/15 0/1 1/1 3 5 23 -4
J. Murray 29 8 3 6 0 1 1 3 4/12 0/5 0/0 0 3 23 -9
W. Chandler 31 7 2 4 0 0 3 3 2/4 0/0 3/4 1 1 14 -15
G. Harris 33 2 5 6 1 0 4 3 1/6 0/3 0/0 0 5 16 -7
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
N. Jokic 35 29 9 5 1 0 7 4 9/14 3/3 8/8 2 7 42 -1
P. Millsap 30 17 8 0 0 0 2 2 8/15 0/1 1/1 3 5 23 -4
J. Murray 29 8 3 6 0 1 1 3 4/12 0/5 0/0 0 3 23 -9
W. Chandler 31 7 2 4 0 0 3 3 2/4 0/0 3/4 1 1 14 -15
G. Harris 33 2 5 6 1 0 4 3 1/6 0/3 0/0 0 5 16 -7
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
E. Mudiay 19 15 3 1 1 0 5 2 5/9 2/4 3/4 0 3 16 +2
W. Barton 29 12 4 3 0 0 0 4 5/12 2/6 0/2 1 3 22 +5
K. Faried 11 6 6 1 0 0 0 0 2/3 0/0 2/2 1 5 14 -1
M. Plumlee 12 5 3 0 1 1 1 0 2/4 0/0 1/2 1 2 9 -2
M. Beasley 7 3 1 1 1 0 0 1 1/1 1/1 0/0 0 1 7 +7
D. Arthur - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Lyles - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Lydon - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Hernangomez - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Jefferson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Morris - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Craig - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 104 44 27 5 2 23 22 39/80 8/23 18/23 9 35 186 -25