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Comeback Thursdays: Wizards Survive Nuggets On Throwback Night

Wizards 92
Nuggets 85

December 8, 2016 – Verizon Center, Washington, D.C.

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After a disappointing loss, the Wizards look to bounce back against the Nuggets. When Coach Scott Brooks was asked about how to handle a team that led the NBA in rebounding, Brooks stated effort on defense and boxing out would play a factor against the Nuggets. Boy, did that make a difference, as the Wizards forced 27 turnovers and gave up only 12 points in the 4th quarter to overcome Denver’s stinginess on the boards and defeat the Nuggets, 92-85.

Bradley Beal had a game-high 26 points. John Wall, even with a subpar performance compared to his 52 point outing against the Magic, showed how much heart he has for this team.

Going back to defense, Brooks might have found a solid duo in Otto Porter and Kelly Oubre Jr. as their respective length provided challenges for the Nuggets offense. I would like to see both players play with one another a bit more rather than relieving each other.


#WizNuggets in a Tweet

It was Throwback Night at the Verizon Center, and the Wizards honored 3 of their alumni from the 70’s: Jim Cleamons, Tom Henderson, and Elvin Hayes.


The Game’s Top Performer

Bradley Beal

Beal was solid tonight, scoring 26 points on 8-15 shooting. Denver did a great job covering him at the start, but the Wizards found a way to penetrate the lane and find open shots, which worked out for Beal, who knocked down 4 shots from beyond the arc. This is continues to be good sign for the Wizards as Beal is seemingly showing some consistency and maintaining his groove.


A forgettable night for..

The Verizon Center scoreboard..

The scoreboard remained malfunctioned until 5 minutes left in the 1st quarter, forcing Wiz PA man Ralph Wesley to announce the score on each possession. Was it on purpose…? Hm….


Key Stat of the Night

When Kelly Oubre and Otto Porter were together on the court, the Wizards were +22. They combined for 17 points, 5 steals and 10 rebounds. Their length on defense helped force a majority of the Nuggets turnovers, which proved that defense was key in tonight’s win.


Highlights

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