The game was deadlocked at halftime, but the Nuggets did not score a point over the first 5:20 of the third period while the Wizards were building a 77-64 lead.
Washington led by 16 to begin the fourth quarter only to have the Nuggets climb to within two down the stretch. Ty Lawson had a chance to tie it with 39 seconds left, but he had a layup attempt blocked by Nene and Washington's John Wall hit a jumper with 14 seconds left to give the Wizards a four-point cushion.
Lawson led the Nuggets with 27 points and 12 assists, but Denver lost for the fourth time in five games.
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