As Washington Wizards head coach Randy Wittman said following Sunday’s 105-102 loss to the Denver Nuggets, the Wiz have given games away.
And, at some point before Washington’s 24th turnover, it became clear Sunday’s game was practically gift-wrapped for the 32-38 Nuggets.
Forward Kenneth Faried led Denver’s push with 20 points and eight rebounds and Randy Foye added another 17 points. To add salt to the wounds, former Wizard Jan Vesely tallied 10 points before leaving in the third quarter with a bruised rib cage.
On Washington’s side, Bradley Beal posted 21 points, but he could do little to offset John Wall’s eight turnovers.
After leading by as many as 14 points with 2:28 remaining in the first quarter, the Wizards began their skid.
Denver out-shot Washington 26-20 in the second quarter, which allowed the Nuggets to creep in front.
Beal and Marcin Gortat combined for 11 points in the first three minutes of the third quarter to regain a temporary lead, but the Nuggets were too quick to the bucket.
The Nuggets trailed by a point with 8:40 remaining in the game before embarking on a 9-1 run.
And, though the Wizards outscored the Nuggets in the fourth quarter, it was too little too late. To seal the deal, the Nuggets hit seven of eight free throws in the final minute of play.
With the loss, the Wizards rounded out their four-game road trip with a 1-3 record.