Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 12/8

Game 1: Wednesday, December 8th
Game 2: Tuesday, March 22nd

Nuggets 111

(11-7, 2-3 away)

Wizards 105

(10-6, 5-3 home)

    Coverage: ALT

    7:00 PM ET, December 8, 2004

    Verizon Center, Washington, DC

    1 2 3 4 T
    DEN 29 31 24 27111
    WSH 28 22 28 27105

    Top Performers

    Den: A. Miller 34 Pts, 8 Reb, 8 Ast, 1 Stl

    WSH: A. Jamison 27 Pts, 11 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Blk

    Wizards' win streak ends at four

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Denver Nuggets got their road trip off to a good start.

    Andre Miller scored a season-high 34 points as the energized Nuggets began their longest road trip in 16 years with a 111-105 victory over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night.

    "We know how important this long road trip is going to be for us," Carmelo Anthony said of the Nuggets' seven road games in 11 days. "We were tired of playing at home. We wanted to get out on the road. We came out tonight and just got up and down the floor."

    The Nuggets outscored the Wizards 28-17 in fast-break points.

    "It was a good effort by everybody," said Miller, who had eight rebounds and eight assists. "That's why we had so much energy, because everybody wanted to get out on the road. We hope to win five or better on this trip."

    Anthony finished with 23 points, and Marcus Camby a season-high 16 points and nine rebounds as the Nuggets opened their longest trip since the 1987-88 season.

    Gilbert Arenas led Washington with 28 points, and Antawn Jamison added 27 points and 11 rebounds as the Wizards' four-game home winning streak ended.

    "Some things that we were able to get away with before, we just didn't have tonight," Wizards coach Eddie Jordan said.

    Washington pulled within 100-96 with 3:25 remaining after an 8-0 run was capped by Larry Hughes' jumper. But Anthony and Earl Boykins scored consecutive baskets to give Denver a 104-96 lead with 2:37 left.

    "We dug ourselves a hole and every time we felt like we got over that hump, they kept hitting big shots," Jamison said. "We weren't hitting shots and it seemed like every time they had a guy going to the other end, they were finding him. Even if you score, they're still going to get the ball up quickly and do some damage on the break.

    "They had a lot of fast-break opportunities and they really converted on them. Those guys can really run the floor. We just didn't get back on defense."

    Arenas hit a 3-pointer to pull Washington to 104-99 with 2:19 remaining. Larry Hughes' free throw made it a four-point game with 53 seconds left, but that was as close as the Wizards got.

    "It seemed like every time we got close, they had a knockout punch for us," said Brendan Haywood, who grabbed nine rebounds for the Wizards.

    "You knew Washington was going to make a run," Nuggets coach Jeff Bzdelik said. "They were knocking on the door and we kept answering. Give our players credit -- they responded."

    Boykins, who finished with 13 points and eight assists, opened the second quarter with back-to-back 3-pointers to give Denver a 35-28 lead. He dizzied the Wizards by assisting on numerous backdoor plays for dunks and layups.

    "I really don't know how they got all those backdoor plays," Haywood said. "If I had an answer to that, I probably would've stopped them."

    Anthony Peeler sandwiched a pair of 3-pointers around a tip-in by Kwame Brown to keep the Wizards close midway through the second quarter.

    Miller's 3-pointer at the buzzer gave Denver a 60-50 halftime lead.

    The Nuggets, who shot 59 percent in the first quarter, made nine of their first 13 shots to take a 19-14 lead. The Wizards closed the period with an 8-2 run and trailed 29-28 after one.

    For the third time in his career, Jamison scored 17 points in the first quarter. He didn't score in the second.

    Game notes

    The Nuggets are 7-0 when Miller has seven or more assists. ... Jamison has played in a league-leading 344 consecutive games. ... The Wizards placed guard Steve Blake on the injured list with a strained left arch, and activated Laron Profit. ... Cal Ripken Jr. attended the game as a guest of Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis.


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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 111 105
    FGM-FGA 45-91 (.495) 42-90 (.467)
    3PM-3PA 5-12 (.417) 7-19 (.368)
    FTM-FTA 16-19 (.842) 14-19 (.737)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 12-41 14-44
    Assists 27 19
    Turnovers 12 13
    Steals 5 5
    Blocks 6 7
    Fast Break Points 28 17
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 19 (1/0) 23 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 15 3

    Top Performers

    Andre Miller Miller
    Points: 34
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 8
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Antawn Jamison Jamison
    Points: 27
    Reb: 11
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 1