WASHINGTON (AP) — Danilo Gallinari scored 26 points and hit four of his five 3-pointers to lead the Denver Nuggets to a 117-113 victory over the reeling Washington Wizards on Thursday night.
After the Wizards, who have lost five of six, clawed back from an 18-point, third-quarter deficit to tie the game at 99-all, Gary Harris and Gallinari hit consecutive 3-pointers for a 105-99 lead with 3:16 to go.
Emmanuel Mudiay added 20 points for the Nuggets, who rebounded from Wednesday night’s loss in Boston with a sharp performance from the 3-point line, going 9 for 18.
Garrett Temple had 20 points for Washington, which put seven players in double figures. John Wall, chosen an NBA All-Star for the third time in his career, had 17 points, nine assists and seven rebounds.
Wall was just 5 for 17 from the field and missed five of his seven 3-point attempts.
Denver took the lead in the early minutes of the second quarter and never relinquished it. Thanks to three 3-pointers by Gallinari, the Nuggets went on an 11-0 run that gave them an 83-65 lead with 5 minutes to play in the third quarter.
Washington chopped away at the lead and tied it at 99-all on a three-point play by Ramon Sessions with 5:41 to play.
Nuggets: Denver played without F/C Joffrey Luvergne (toe). . The Nuggets had lost their three previous back-to-backs.
Wizards: F Otto Porter left the game in the third quarter with hip tightness. . Wall’s streak of 10 or more assists ended after five games. . The Wizards were introduced as the Baltimore Bullets and wore uniforms representing the franchise’s home from 1963-73.
Washington G Bradley Beal returned after missing one game with a concussion. He played with a face guard to protect the broken nose he suffered in Monday’s loss to Boston. Beal scored 17 points in 26 minutes.
Coach Randy Wittman didn’t know if Wall had made the All-Star team when he spoke before the game.
“I think we’ve seen John learn how to know when he has to score and when he doesn’t,” Wittman said. “Through everything we’ve had from an injury standpoint, he’s been our one guy who’s been constant.”