Weems paces Nuggets past Wiz
LAS VEGAS -- Sonny Weems had 17 points and 11 rebounds, leading the Denver Nuggets to a 77-70 victory over the Washington Wizards in the nightcap at the 2009 NBA Summer League presented by EA SPORTS at the Thomas and Mack Center.
Washington's Andray Blatche led all scorers with 27 points to go with a game-high 15 rebounds in the loss.
Denver never trailed in the fourth quarter, pulling away to stretch their lead to as many as 11 points before settling for the seven-point victory.
Both teams struggled offensively in the first quarter with Denver taking a 19-14 lead at the end of one on the back of Weems' eight-point four-rebound period. Young carried the Wizards scoring 10 of his team's 14 points to open the game.
The Nuggets went on a 6-2 run to start the second quarter, bringing the score to 25-16. Washington battled back, though, eventually tying the score at 37 points. Tyrese Rice connected on a half-court heave at the buzzer to give the Wizards a 40-39 lead going into the halftime break. Andray Blatche exploded in the quarter for 17 points, giving him a game-high 19 at the half. C.J. Giles came off the bench to score six points on three-of-three shooting for the Nuggets.
Ronald Dupree came up big for the Nuggets in the third, netting eight points and guiding his team to a four-point lead, 61-57, heading into the game's final stanza. Blatche continued his strong play, increasing his totals to 24 points and 11 rebounds.