Published March 25, 2011
DENVER – Chris Andersen grabbed 11 rebounds and was one of four Denver players to score 17 points as the Nuggets beat the Washington Wizards 114-94 on Friday night.
Danilo Gallinari, Ty Lawson and Al Harrington also had 17, while J.R. Smith added 14 to lead six Nuggets players in double figures.
Jordan Crawford had 19 points, JaVale McGee had 13 points and 13 rebounds and John Wall had 13 rebounds and six assists for the Wizards.
Denver has won seven of its last nine and is 12-4 since trading Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups to the Knicks, including 8-0 at home.
Washington fell to 1-34 on the road and has two games left on its five-game Western Conference road trip.
While many thought the Nuggets would falter after trading their superstar, they've stayed in the thick of the Western Conference playoff race. Denver is in fifth place, four games behind Oklahoma City.
The Nuggets took the suspense out of this one early. The Wizards took a 16-15 lead midway through the first quarter before Denver closed out the period on a 15-0 run. Andersen had four of his five blocks in the first.
The lead grew to 18 when Andersen slammed home a lob pass from Raymond Felton with 9:40 left in the half for two of his season-high in points.
Denver led by as many as 25 in the second quarter before the Wizards trimmed it to 19 at the break.
Washington closed the gap to 80-67 late in the third, but Denver responded.
The Nuggets quickly got the lead back above 20. Felton and Andersen connected on another dunk, Andersen converted a three-point play and Ty Lawson hit a 3-pointer to make it 90-71 in the first 90 seconds of the fourth. Denver led by 26 in the fourth.
Wall was the main offensive force for Washington early, scoring all 13 of his points before intermission despite hitting only 2 of 7 shots. He was 9 for 9 from the foul line.
Notes: Washington's Trevor Booker had 10 points and 10 rebounds. ... Nuggets forward Wilson Chandler didn't play to rest his sore left ankle. Chandler sprained it before coming to the Nuggets. ... Wizards guard Nick Young returned to the lineup after missing five games with a bruised left knee.