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Denver Nuggets (8-15)


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Fatigue may play big role in Nuggets-Magic matcup

The Denver Nuggets were cruising as they hit the midpoint of their six-game road trip Thursday. They had built a healthy lead over the Washington Wizards at the Verizon Center on Wednesday with the ball moving around the perimeter and finding open shooters.

The well slowly dried up. The ball movement stopped as Washington upped its defense. The lead quickly disappeared. The Nuggets looked like they ran out of gas, fatigue killing the team's spacing and ball movement as the Wizards found that last bit of energy.

Denver scored just 12 points in the fourth quarter, seeing a two-point deficit balloon to a 92-85 loss on the road. The Nuggets had just 33 points in the second half and committed a league-high 29 turnovers this season. As the game wore on, Denver saw the energy that built them as much as a 14-point lead evaporate. Their sharpness and precision whittled away.

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Leaders
Points: Wilson Chandler18.0
Rebounds: Kenneth Faried8.5
Assists: Jameer Nelson4.6
FG%: Jusuf Nurkic52.2%
Steals: Kenneth Faried1.00
Blocks: Kenneth Faried1.05
Defense (Rank)
Points: 108.5 (26)
Rebounds: 42.3 (5)
Assists: 22.3 (19)
FG%: 45.8% (24)
FT%: 77.6% (21)
3P%: 34.9% (14)
Offense (Rank)
Points: 105.5 (10)
Rebounds: 49.6 (1)
Assists: 21.4 (18)
FG%: 43.2% (25)
FT%: 74.1% (25)
3P%: 35.1% (14)
Standings
Northwest Division
  W L Pct GB
Oklahoma City 14 9 .609 --
Utah 14 10 .583 0.5
Portland 12 12 .500 2.5
Denver 8 15 .348 6.0
Minnesota 6 17 .261 8.0
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Transactions
Date Player Transactions
11/16/2016 Alonzo Gee Signed as Free Agent
11/15/2016 Jarnell Stokes Waived
10/23/2016 Robbie Hummel Waived
10/23/2016 Nate Wolters Waived
10/15/2016 D.J. Kennedy Waived
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Injuries
Date Player Status
12/8/2016 Emmanuel Mudiay Sore ankle
11/13/2016 Gary Harris Sprained right ankle
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