LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Voshon Lenard scored 19 points and DerMarr
Johnson added 17 off the bench, to lead the Denver Nuggets to a
97-91 victory over the Washington Wizards on Friday night in the
opener of an NBA exhibition doubleheader at Staples Center.
The Wizards lost two starters in the third quarter when Antawn
Jamison injured his right shoulder and Gilbert Arenas was poked in
the right eye. Arenas missed seven of his first nine shots and
finished with eight points in nine minutes, after scoring 24 in
Thursday's overtime win over Charlotte. Jamison had seven points
and four assists in 16 minutes.
Awvee Storey helped fuel a 10-0 run with a 21-footer and a
reverse dunk, as the Wizards sliced a 16-point deficit to 94-88 on
Calvin Booth's two free throws with 3:25 to play. But Booth, Hiram
Fuller and Donnell Taylor all missed layups down the stretch,
allowing Denver to hang on.
Johnson helped pace Denver to a 53-44 halftime lead with 13
points. The Nuggets never trailed after Lenard broke a 13-all tie
with a pair of 3-pointers 27 seconds apart. Washington got as close
as 68-67 on Thomas' 14-footer, but Denver responded with nine
straight points, including a three-point play and a pair of free
throws by Lenard.
Washington's Peter Ramos picked up five fouls in less than nine
minutes on the floor in during the first half and did not play in
the second half.