NBA Basketball

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Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Denver 41 23 29 35 128
Washington 24 46 30 30 130
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5:00 PM PT6:00 PM MT7:00 PM CT8:00 PM ET1:00 GMT9:00 6:00 PM MST8:00 PM EST5:00 UAE (+1)02:0020:00 ET7:00 PM CT23:00 , February 17, 2021
Capital One Arena, Washington, District of Columbia

Energized Wizards look to extend win streak vs. Nuggets

According to STATS
According to STATS

Denver Nuggets at Washington Wizards

  1. Washington defeated Denver, 128--114, when the Nuggets last visited Capital One Arena more than a year ago (January 4, 2020). The Wizards haven't won consecutive home games against Denver since 2002--03.
  2. For the second consecutive season, the Wizards have lost 17 of their first 25 games. Washington has held a winning record at the 25-game mark only twice since 2009 (19--6 in 2014--15, 14--11 in 2017--18).
  3. The Nuggets are 7-6 on the road this season, coming off a team-record .563 winning percentage on the road a year ago (18-14). Denver, which joined the NBA in 1976, has finished only four seasons since then with more road wins than road losses and has never done so in consecutive NBA seasons.
  4. Nikola Jokic is the only NBA player to rank in the top 10 in points (27.1 per game), rebounds (11.3) and assists (8.6). In fact, among the league's top 10 scorers, the only other to rank among the top 10 in rebounds is Giannis Antetokounmpo, and only Luka Doncic and Damian Lillard rank among the top 10 in assists.
  5. Jamal Murray's has scored 18.2, 18.5 and 18.8 points per game over the last three seasons. Other players who averaged in the 18s in three straight seasons: Jo Jo White (1973--76), Reggie Miller (1998--2001), Tony Parker (2005--2008), and Pau Gasol (four straight seasons, 2007--11).
  6. Bradley Beal scored 35 points against the Celtics on Sunday and 37 against the Rockets on Monday. It was the sixth time that Beal scored at least 35 points in each of two back-to-backs. No other Wizards player has done that since Gilbert Arenas (Feb. 22--23, 2007).

Bradley Beal and Russell Westbrook are the driving forces for Washington, but they received some help in the resurgent Wizards' past two victories.

Beal leads the NBA in scoring at 33.1 points a game and is coming off a 37-point performance in Washington's win over the Houston Rockets on Monday. Westbrook had a triple-double in the 131-119 victory, but Moritz Wagner continued to step up in a big way with injured Thomas Bryant out.

The 6-foot-11 center has had an impact in the past two games, both wins, but he'll have a tough task when Washington hosts the Nuggets on Wednesday night. Nikola Jokic, fresh off scoring 43 points in Denver's 112-99 loss at Boston on Tuesday night, poses a threat whenever he's on the court.

Wagner's attitude will be an asset when facing the Nuggets' MVP candidate.

"He works," Wizards coach Scott Brooks said of Wagner after the Monday win. "Just kept coming to work with a great attitude (regardless of his playing-time status). Positive mental attitude gets you a long way. That's why he's becoming a solid piece for us.

"I had a guy, Nick Collison, he's a lot like him. Just makes winning plays, and he's just good to be around. His teammates love him, and he just always wants to do right by his teammates."

Beal echoed those words.

"He's been giving us nothing but life on both ends," Beal said Monday. "We feed off of that. We need it. Moe loves what he does."

Wagner didn't hang his head when Washington didn't pick up his fourth-year option before the season. Instead he has tried to remain positive and do what he can to help the Wizards win.

"I know what I can do," he said Monday after he scored 15 points. "I figured out that in this league you're not going to get any gifts. ... My mindset is that I'll be here if you need me. And if not, I'll be the same guy every day."

Denver has been playing short-handed, but not because of COVID-19 issues. The Nuggets had five rotation players out against the Celtics and got 83 of their 99 points Tuesday night from just three players. In addition to Jokic's third game of 40-plus points this season, Jamal Murray had 25 points and Facundo Campazzo added 15.

With Gary Harris (left adductor strain), PJ Dozier (right hamstring strain), Will Barton (personal reasons), Paul Millsap (left knee sprain) and Monte Morris (right shoulder strain) out, Denver was missing 50.1 points a game.

Campazzo, a 29-year-old rookie out of Argentina, has given the Nuggets a spark when he has played. Tuesday was the first start of his career, and he has scored 15 points in consecutive games.

"Facu Campazzo is going to play hard," Denver coach Michael Malone said. "He's going to leave a piece of himself on the floor, and that's why you love him because he's a warrior."

Malone will need Campazzo to continue to inject energy into the team if the injuries linger.

--Field Level Media

Updated February 17, 2021

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