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Wizards vs. Nuggets final score: Washington falls short against Denver 117-113

Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Stop us if you've heard this one before: The Wizards got off to a poor start thanks to a starting lineup that lacks the spacing to be effective offensively or defensively. Despite the slow start, they make a game of it, thanks to an offense that vacillates between being unstoppable and unwatchable several times in the same quarter.

Then, after being kept an arm's length away for most of the game, the Wizards finalliy pull even with the Nuggets in the fourth quarter. But as soon as the Wizards get even, the other team starts leavin'. Sure, the Wizards defend better, but the other team has gained so much confidence from the easy shots they've made early in the game that they have no issue taking and making harder shots in the closing moments to put the game away.

The specifics change from game to game, but the plot is pretty similar to most of the games we've seen from the team over the past couple weeks and for the better part of the past few years, if we're being honest.

You can change the name, you can change the uniforms, but until the Wizards can get out of this cycle they're in, you're going to keep getting the same results.