Kris Humphries' best game in a Washington uniform couldn't have come at a better time.
Fresh off consecutive losses, Humphries totaled 21 points and 14 rebounds and stepped up in overtime as the Wizards took down the Denver Nuggets, 117-115, on Sunday.
Humphries scored four early points in the extra session, as Washington opened a 111-105 lead with the first six of OT. Denver countered with five in a row, but John Wall assisted on a Nene layup then drove in for one of his own to keep Washington in front.
Darrell Arthur and Arron Afflalo missed 3s on the next trip, and Wall made it a five-point game with two free throws.
Adding to the drama, Wilson Chandler hit a trey from the top of the key with 3.8 seconds left to make it two, and Paul Pierce threw a lazy inbounds pass, which Ty Lawson easily intercepted. Lawson could have forced double overtime, but his uncontested mid-range jumper missed short as time expired.
Wall posted 19 points and 16 assists and Pierce scored 19 for the Wizards.
Lawson returned from a one-game absence following a DUI arrest and paced Denver with 31 points and 12 assists. Chandler added 20 and nine boards in Denver's sixth straight loss.
The Nuggets led by one after three quarters. Kevin Seraphin scored two quick baskets to open the fourth, and Danilo Gallinari hit from deep to tie the game at 87.
From there, the Wizards built a 94-89 lead, the biggest of the fourth quarter, and Denver quickly trimmed the gap with three J.J. Hickson free throws.
After Lawson's 3-pointer at 4:39, neither team led by more than two points until overtime.
Wall looked to win it for Washington, driving to the basket as the seconds melted away, but Lawson stripped him and fired ahead to Kenneth Faried. Faried drew a foul, but missed both free throws with under two seconds to play. He then blocked Pierce's baseline turnaround at the horn.
It was 59-59 at halftime, and neither team won a quarter by more than two points in this back-and-forth contest that featured 13 lead changes and 10 ties.
Arthur and Afflalo had 12 and 11 points, respectively, for Denver, while Faried pulled down 11 boards ... Nene and Bradley Beal, who fouled out in regulation, had 14 apiece for Washington ... Washington shot 48-of-90 (53.3 percent) from the floor, but only made four 3-pointers to Denver's 12 ... Washington outscored Denver 56-36 in the paint.