Mar 23, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Nuggets shooting guard Evan Fournier (94) keeps the ball in bounds under pressure from Washington Wizards small forward Trevor Ariza (1) in the first quarter at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Nuggets beat Wizards 105-102

The Denver Nuggets and Washington Wizards played a spirited Matinee at Pepsi Center this fine Rocky Mountain Sunday with the Nuggets ralllying from behind to win by a 105-102 score.  The game started off poorly for the Nuggets as they were behind by as many as 14 points in the first quarter.  But a furious late 1st and early 2nd quarter rally got the Nuggets back into the game trailing only 49-47 at the half.  The rally continued in the 3rd as the Nuggets outscored the Wizards 30-24 in the quarter led by “The Manimal”, Kenneth Faried, Darrell Arthur and Randy Foye who made 5-3 pointers through 3 quarters of play.  Evan Fournier sparked the team in the second half with a couple of “Euro Moves” and a “3” to help extend the lead as well.  Andre Miller made his return to Denver in this one but wasn’t much of a factor playing only 13 minutes and tallying only 2 points and 1 assist on the day.  The Nuggets were led by Faried’s 20 points and 8 rebounds along with Randy Foye’s 17 points and Darrell Arthur, filling in for the injured JJ Hickson, with 15 points on the afternoon.  The game was a back and forth affair for most of the game after the Nuggets got it close in the 2nd quarter with both teams making modest runs to keep the game close.  The game was still in doubt with 11.8 seconds left as the Nuggets led 101-97 and had to stave off the Wizards with Aaron Brooks making 4 free throws late to ice the game.  The Nuggets moved to 32-38 on the season and 19-16 at Pepsi Center.  This was a very entertaining game as the Nuggets played with the energy and passion that they need to in order to win games with their depleted roster.  Jan Vessely came off the bench and sparked the team with 10 points in only 15 minutes before he left the game in the third quarter with a Rib Contusion.  Vessely showed signs of being a pretty decent bench player for the Nuggets going into next season as he showed the promise that the League saw in him when he was drafted by the Wizards 2 years ago.  Trevor Ariza had a blazing hot first half with 17 points for the Wiz, but the Nuggets shut him down in the second half as he only tallied a single free throw and finished the game with 18 points.  Bradley Beal ended up leading the Wizards in scoring with 21 points and the Nuggets held Wizards star point guard John Wall mostly in check allowing him only 15 points and 4 assists on the day.  It was a very nice win for a team that is theoretically eliminated from playoff competition and showed the pride and energy that this team can play with even without a good portion of their lineup in the game.  Next up for the Nuggets is a game against the Western Conference 2nd seeded Oklahoma City Thunder tomorrow Night in OKC>  Continue to follow the Powder Blue Crew on Twitter @Nugg_Love.

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