NBA Game Summary - Denver at Washington
(Wednesday, December 8th)
Final Score: Denver 111, Washington 105
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Andre Miller poured in a season-high 34 points and Carmelo Anthony added 23 to help Denver edge Washington, 111-105, at the MCI Center.
Marcus Camby added 16 points with nine rebounds and Earl Boykins chipped in 13 off the bench for Denver, which has won three straight and 10 of 13 since a 1-4 start. Miller also hauled down eight rebounds and dished out eight assists in the win.
Gilbert Arenas paced the Wizards with 28 points. Antwan Jamison added 27 points with 11 rebounds for Washington, which had its four-game winning streak snapped.
"We dug ourselves a hole and every time we felt like we got over that hump, they kept hitting big shots," Jamison said.
Larry Hughes contributed 15 for the Wizards, who were looking for their best 16-game start since 1974.
Denver held a slim 29-28 after 12 minutes of play despite Jamison's 17 points in the frame for the Wizards. The Nuggets looked to get some breathing room in the second on Camby's dunk, pushing the lead to 51-45 with under four minutes left in the frame.
The Nuggets stretched their lead as Miller drained a three from the top of the key as time expired in the half, making it 60-50 as both teams headed into the locker room.
"It was a good effort by everybody," said Miller. "That's why we had so much energy, because everybody wanted to get out on the road. We hope to win five or better on this trip."
Denver then attempted to take control of the game in the third quarter. A quick 5-0 burst to start the frame made it 65-50 less than a minute into the third. But the Wizards fought back to cut the deficit to 84-78 heading into the fourth.
Washington continued to chip away at the lead, pulling within 104-100 after Hughes sank 1-of-2 free throws with 53 seconds left in the fourth.
However, that was as close as the Wizards would get the rest of the way. Two free throws by Kenyon Martin followed by a quick bucket by Miller made it 108-100, sealing the game with 25 seconds remaining.
The game marked the first of two meetings between the clubs this season...The Wizards fell to 5-3 at home this season, while the Nuggets improved to 2-3 on the road in 2004...During the 1974-75 season, the Wizards opened their season with an 11-5 mark and eventually posted a franchise-record 60 wins... Denver has won five of its last seven visits to Washington...The Wizards placed guard Steve Blake on the injured list with a strained left arch, and activated Laron Profit...Cal Ripken Jr. attended the game as a guest of Ted Leonsis, who owns the Washington Capitals.
12/08 23:03:05 ET