Story By: Sol Tucker
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After a tough West Coast Road trip, the Wizards returned home with hopes of putting the losing streak behind them, they did everything but that in a 127-109 loss to the surging Nuggets.
Deni Avdija led the way with 19 points for Washington, which has lost five straight and continues to lose ground on the Eastern Conference play-in places.
Kristaps Porzingis added 16 points and Corey Kispert had 15 as the 11th-place Wizards fell five games back of 10th-place Charlotte and has another big test against the Lakers on Saturday night.
“I think we started off slow, missed some easy ones,” Porzingis said. “I think we smoked a lot of layups today, and then we couldn’t pick it up from there.”
Washington shot only 21.7% from 3-point range (5 of 23) on a night very little was in doubt other than the possibility of a Jokic triple-double.
For the Nuggets, they have seemed to find their groove coming off the All-Star break behind Nikola Jokic’s 29 points and 13 rebounds. The chants of MVP from the fans in attendance showed the control that Jokic had a quite a few points in the game.
Jokic reached 10,001 career NBA points — all with Denver — and added eight assists while falling two shy of his 19th triple-double the season.
“I just try and look for my teammates when they double me inside of the paint. That made for quite a few perimeter shots tonight that were wide open,” said Jokic.