Kenneth Faried couldn't explain what happened. All he knew is that on the last play of Monday night's game, the ball left John Wall's hands and landed in his. It was a gift. Faried hugged that ball as the game's final seconds ticked away, clutching to the win that he and the rest of the Nuggets had just tried so desperately to give away. Despite their season-low 75 points, 22 turnovers and numerous mistakes in the game's closing minutes, the Nuggets still somehow emerged with a win, escaping the Verizon Center with a 75-74 victory over the Washington Wizards. "We missed a lot of open shots. They missed a lot of open shots. I don't know. It was just terrible basketball," Faried said. "But it's like that sometimes. We came out with the win, so we'll take it." The Nuggets were especially grateful for this kind of win at the end of a six-game road trip on the East Coast, which they finished 4-2. They will return home and rest for a few days before hosting the Utah Jazz on Friday night. "For a Western Conference team to come out to the East — regardless of who you're playing, regardless of what their records are — to be able come away 4-2, it's a good road trip," Nuggets coach Brian Shaw said. The trip very nearly ended on a sour note, however, when the Nuggets repeatedly gave the Wizards opportunities to win the game in the final seconds. Glen Rice stole Andre Miller's inbounds pass with less than 18 seconds remaining, but Wilson Chandler blocked a shot. Then Faried missed two free throws with 4.6 seconds left, but Wall lost the ball in the paint on the final possession. "(Wall) probably got grabbed. I don't know. I think it was a steal," Andre Miller said. "Either way, he was aggressive all game. We found a way to hand them the ball, give them three opportunities, and they couldn't finish them. That was kind of lucky." The Nuggets got off to another slow start Monday night, scoring 18 points in the first quarter and 75 points in all. Their previous season low was 88 points, most recently scored five days ago at Cleveland.
Nuggets win sloppy, low-scoring game at Washington on John Wall flub
Denver Post | Dec 10