Kenneth Faried scores 20, Nuggets pull out the close victory against Wizards

Automated InsightsMarch 24, 2014

The Washington Wizards turned it over on 24 possessions and only totaled 20 assists in a disappointing performance in which they fell in a close game to the Denver Nuggets, 105-102. Denver (32-38) gets one in the win column after losing to Dallas on Friday.

Kenneth Faried scored 20 points on 8-15 shooting from the field and 4-5 from the free throw line. Other top performers for Denver were Darrell Arthur with 15 points and 5 rebounds, and Aaron Brooks with 13 points and 7 assists. Despite the loss, Bradley Beal put up 21 points for Washington on 8-18 shooting, including 3-5 from behind the arc. He also registered 7 rebounds. Trevor Ariza added 18 points and 6 rebounds and Marcin Gortat finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

The Wizards dished out 20 assists versus 24 turnovers, a ratio of just .83. They are winless (0-4) on the season when committing more errors than assists in a game. The Nuggets, on the other hand, are 3-3 when forcing opponents beneath 1.00 in assist-to-turnover ratio.

This drops Washington (36-34) to 0-2 versus Denver on the season.

Coming up, the Nuggets play the Oklahoma City Thunder, who are 51-18 on the season. The Wizards match up against the Phoenix Suns, currently sitting at 41-29 this year. The Nuggets came away with a loss in two of their last three games against Oklahoma City. The Wizards are 1-0 versus Phoenix this season.