They're down to 12. Yes, an even — if not dirty — dozen games remain in what at least at first will go down as a disappointing 2013-14 season for the Nuggets.

Their 105-102 victory over the Washington Wizards at the Pepsi Center on Sunday gave the Nuggets a 32-38 record and added a sliver of hope to the goal of getting back to the .500 mark before the clock hits all zeros for the final time against the Golden State Warriors on April 16.

"You play for yourself," forward Kenneth Faried conceded after getting 20 points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots in the win. "My contract, I get an extension next year, so I'm playing for myself and my family. I'm playing for my teammates. At least we can get over .500. That's the least we can do. We know we're not going to make the playoffs, but we can keep playing."