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Magical Pixels, Wizards vs. Nuggets: Washington loses grip on win with turnovers

The Wizards just couldn't keep possession of the ball in a 105-102 loss to the Nuggets, but remain somewhat secure as the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference...for now.

So that road trip was terrible.

The Wizards finished up a four-game West Coast swing with a 105-102 loss to the depleted Nuggets, giving them a 1-3 record for the trip and a 36-34 overall record with the next two games against the Suns and Pacers. And you thought we were done talking about .500 this season...

John Wall sure did pick an awful time to have his worst game in awhile. Bradley Beal finally kinda-sorta broke out of a bad shooting slump, scoring 21 points on 8-of-18 shooting. Trevor Ariza chipped in 18 points on 8-of-13 shooting, and Marcin Gortat racked up another double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds, and Drew Gooden continued to singe off the bench with 15 points (7-of-12 shooting).

But Wall turned it over eight times to go with 15 points and four assists, and if Washington could have gotten just a little more from him, this is probably a win. In fact, it's a testament to how winnable this game was that the Wizards were still in it despite 24 turnovers on the road. Sigh. More coulda-woulda-shoulda with this team.

The Wizards remain seeded sixth in the Eastern Conference, two games back of the Nets for the fifth seed, and two games up on the seventh-seeded Bobcats. Luckily, the Bobcats play the Rockets and Nets in their next two games, so even if the Wizards drop their next two, it's unlikely Charlotte will catch them...for now.


Road team recaps: BF StoryStream | Washington Post (gamersidebar) | AP | CSN Washington (recapsidebar) | Wiz of AwesDistrict Sports PageTed's TakeWizards.comMonumental NetworkDaily Wizdom

Home team recaps: Denver StiffsRoundball Mining Company

Game highlights

Postgame interviews: Randy WittmanJohn WallBradley BealMarcin GortatDrew GoodenAndre Miller


24 - Wizards' turnovers against the Nuggets. This is definitely the stat of the game. Wall accounted for eight of those turnovers.

48 - Washington's shooting percentage against Denver. It isn't often the Wizards shoot that well and outrebound their opponents (46 to 38) in a losing effort. Again, see turnovers.



Sweet gugga mugga, Bradley Beal.




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