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Wizards vs. Nuggets: Washington hangs on in JaVale McGee's return

A day after the Wizards traded Jordan Crawford to Boston at the trade deadline, the Wizards welcomed back JaVale McGee, who was dealt at last year's deadline. The game was tight late, but Washington came away with a 119-113 win.

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Wall breaks down game-sealing jumper

WASHINGTON -- John Wall's postgame interviews can be full of cliches, but every so often, he is really good at breaking down specific plays. Following tonight's 119-113 win over the Denver Nuggets, Wall went into great detail about what he saw on the game-sealing jump shot with 13.9 seconds remaining.

Here's video of the play for those who missed it:


Now, I'll cede the floor to Wall:

"I think they were so worried about Nene. I was doing a great job coming off picks, and our bigs were doing a great job of setting screens and getting open. I had been finding them with pocket passes [all game]," Wall said. "I think they had a miscommunication and ran to him. So I was open and I had to take the shot."

I noticed that the Wizards began the play with 12 seconds on the shot clock, which seemed early in a situation where you want to burn as much clock as possible, so I asked Wall why he initiated the play then.

"We kind of knew they were switching [the screen]. If they switched and put a big on me, we were going to try to swing it to Nene in the post and make sure we had enough time to get that through," he said. "But they didn't switch and I hit the shot."

Hitting a jump shot can be an adventure for Wall, of course, but this time, he knocked it down and sealed a big win.

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Wizards hang on for 119-113 win

The Wizards let things get more nerve-racking than they should have, but in the end, they had just enough to hang on for a 119-11 win over the Denver Nuggets in a game that they led by 18 early in the fourth quarter.

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Wittman, Karl discuss Crawford trade

WASHINGTON -- Randy Wittman spoke more about the Washington Wizards' decision to trade Jordan Crawford to the Boston Celtics, and while he repeated many of the points made at shootaround, he did go into more detail about the decision.

Wittman was asked whether he was disappointed by Crawford's behavior after his benching.

"I'm not going to get into those kinds of things, [but] I do observe that," he said. "That is a big part of being a part of a team. How do you handle adversity. It's important for all our guys. Roles fluctuate. In this business, you've got to stay committed no matter if it's happening good for you or not. That applies to all our guys. Being in this league as long as I have, you see guys that have been in this league 13-14 years just because they took that approach."

I asked Wittman if he would have done anything differently to reach Crawford if he had the chance to do it all over again.

"You always, as a coach, look back and evaluate yourself, evaluate how you evaluate your players, all that stuff. That'll never change with me, whether it's how I conducted a game, how I substituted, how I develop a player, sure. Those are all things you look at," he said.

George Karl was also asked how he'd have handled a player like Crawford, an especially good question because Karl coached J.R. Smith for so many years.

"There's positive energy and there's negative energy. From the recollection that I feel, there was so much negative energy because of the situation and how it was handled, where it was going and how it was coming, he probably made it very difficult for them to keep him on the team. But there is a need for his talent. Being able to score points as quickly as he can score is a really powerful thing," he said.

Karl later added that he and Smith wore each other out after a while because "you're managing negative energy rather than managing positive energy."

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