WASHINGTON -- To prepare for the playoffs, Denver coach Brian Shaw said he wants his high-scoring team to learn to win tough games. There was no better training ground for bump-and-grind basketball than Mondays 75-74 victory over the Washington Wizards. Wilson Chandler scored 17 points, Nate Robinson added 16, and Kenneth Faried had a key block and transition dunk with 33 seconds left. Washington had three possessions after Faried put Denver ahead, but John Wall missed a layup, Trevor Ariza missed a 3-pointer, Chandler blocked a layup try by Garrett Temple, and Robinson stripped the ball from Wall in the closing seconds. Denver, which came in sixth in the NBA in scoring (104 points per game), had its lowest output of the season -- falling 13 points below its previous low -- but was able to conclude a 4-2 road trip. Holding Washington without a field goal for the final 4:04, Denver showed some of the grit that it hopes to employ later in the season. "We didnt even get into the 80s tonight," Shaw said. "But just being able to execute down the stretch, make tough defensive stops when we needed to, I thought we did that tonight, especially at the end of the game." Chandler also had eight rebounds as the Nuggets rallied from 12 points down in the second half, and Robinson helped the Denver reserves outscore their depleted Washington counterparts 34-5. Wall finished with 20 points and eight assists, Marcin Gortat scored 16 points, and Trevor Booker added 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Wizards. Wall was miffed by a no-call at the end of the game, when Robinson made the last of his four steals. "Same thing that was happening all game but I didnt get the call," Wall said. "Nate Robinson was grabbing my arm every time I went by him and thats how I lost the ball and we lose a tough game tonight." In the other locker room, Robinson told reporters that he would "let you all make that decision." Robinson had another key play when sneaked through a screen, stole a pass, and streaked for a fast-break layup, giving Denver its first lead since the second quarter, 73-72. "You gotta be scrappy, do whatever it takes to win," Robinson said. Washington led most of the way behind Wall, but with four rotation players out, Washington got only five points from six reserves who played a combined 62 minutes and shot just 2 for 13. "Weve got to get more than five points from our bench," Wizards coach Randy Wittman said. "Thats gotta get better for us, no question about it. I think we got up 12 at the end of the third. I looked up, its two right away. I gotta figure out a way to find guys that are gonna go out there and increase it by 12, keep it at 12, keep it at 10, keep it at eight, until you can get your main guys back." Neither team led by more than four points in a stagnant first half until Washington scored six straight points, including four by Wall, to go up 43-36 with 2 minutes to go before the break. Washington remained in command in the third quarter, pushing its lead to 58-46 on a jumper by Wall. However, the 5-foot-9 Robinson came off the bench for Denver and scored eight points. Timofey Mozgovs tip-in before the end of the quarter pulled Denver to 60-58. The Wizards still had control until midway through the fourth quarter when reserve forward Jordan Hamilton hit consecutive 3-pointers and former Wizards guard Randy Foye followed with another 3-pointer with a drive and pass to Chandler for a dunk, setting the scene for the final grind. "We missed a lot of open shots. They missed a lot of open shots. It was terrible basketball," Faried said. "Its like that sometimes but we came out with a win, so well take it." NOTES: The Wizards announced during the game that forward Al Harrington underwent surgery on Monday to remove particles from his right knee and will be re-evaluated in four weeks. ... Washington also disclosed that top scorer Bradley Beal has been cleared to increase basketball activities. The second-year guard, who missed his seventh straight game on Monday, has been out with a stress injury to his left fibula. ... Washington also was without Nene (foot tendinitis) and Martel Webster (ankle sprain), who remain day-to-day. ... Denver was without top scorer Ty Lawson (hamstring), who missed an opportunity to play in his hometown. Front-court players Danillo Gallinari and Javale McGee remain out for the Nuggets . With Beal and Webster out, Glen Rice Jr. made his starting debut for Washington. Robert Horry Jersey
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. - Defensive end-linebacker Mike Neal apparently is returning to the Packers.LOUDON, N.H. -- Stripped of his Chase spot, then his sponsorship, Martin Truex Jr. is now in a hasty scramble to find a ride. He his little time to piece together a deal and few options. "Theres not a whole lot out there," Truex said Friday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. But if he can find a funded ride out there, owner Michael Waltrip is willing to let Truex walk. With NAPA out of the picture, Truex could decide to bolt Michael Waltrip Racing as part of the aftershock of the Richmond scandal that saw him booted out of the Chase. NAPAs multimillion-dollar sponsorship defection from MWR at the end of the year is just the latest fallout from the teams attempt to manipulate a race to get Truex into NASCARs Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. NAPA is Truexs primary sponsor and in the first year of a three-year extension announced last August. The deal ran through the 2015 season and is believed to be worth at least $15 million a year. With only nine races left this season, Waltrip asked Truex for more time to strike a deal for 2014 funding. "If he came to me tomorrow and said, I got a deal to go do something, then obviously I would not hold him back," Waltrip said. "I owe him a lot for his loyalty and his passion for our team. I wouldnt hold him back from doing something he wanted to do, but Id like him to hang around so we can attract a sponsor and keep him in our cars." Truex, who qualified fifth for Sundays race, would like to stay at MWR. He doesnt know if NAPA would follow him to another team. "Id always hoped that Id be at Michael Waltrip Racing for a long, long time," Truex said. "That really hasnt changed. But its a lot more confusing at the moment." MWR was also fined $300,000, general manager Ty Norris was suspended indefinitely and all three crew chiefs for its drivers were placed on probation for the rest of the year. NASCAR penalties levied against teams for working outside the rule book are as much a part of the sport as checkered flags and 200 mph speeds. A major sponsor defection, however, is the type of stunning move that could scare teams into playing it straight and eliminate late-race shenanigans. "You see a team go through some decisions that they went through and choices and you want a team to get penalized for those types of things, no matter what team it is," Chase driver Jeff Gordon said. "But you never want to see it go to this level where they lose a sponsor." Waltrip said at New Hampshire he was scared about how the penalties could harm his organization and he aapologized for his teams shady actions.dddddddddddd. "We will race forward with respect and appreciation for being able to be here," he said. "Well start to regain trust." Aarons, sponsor of Brian Vickers for MWR, said it remains dedicated to the organization, but Clint Bowyer sponsor 5-Hour Energy said Thursday it was still evaluating its relationship with the team. Waltrip said Friday he expected 5-Hour Energy to remain with MWR and had a meeting set this weekend with the president of the energy shot company. MWR co-owner Rob Kauffman pumped in much-needed cash and brought stability and accountability to the organization. Waltrip said Kauffman could help fund Truex in 2014. Kauffman wrote on Twitter that Waltrip did ask him if it was possible RK Motors could sponsor Truex. NAPAs decision will end a relationship with Waltrip that dates to 2001. This is the second scandal NAPA has been through with Waltrip, who was found to have a fuel additive in his engine in his debut race, the 2007 Daytona 500. "They just felt like the events of the last 10 days had spiraled out of control a bit," Waltrip said. "They felt like what we were involved with and NASCAR penalized us for was more than they were comfortable dealing with, more than they were comfortable with accepting. They worked hard to try to figure out a way to hang around." Track owner Bruton Smith, who helped bring NAPA into the sport, was disappointed the auto parts retailer bailed on MWR. "They should have swallowed and moved on," Smith said. "Theyre going to lose more picking up and running than they would have had they stayed right there." The loss of a primary sponsor is a significant blow. Waltrip will be scrambling to quickly replace the money because NAPA is a rare sponsor that covers the entire 36-race Sprint Cup schedule. MWR employs around 100 people, and Waltrip now faces the possibility of running a two-team operation in 2014 "Were going to race ahead," Waltrip said. "Were going to try to find funding for the 56 and have three cars in the competition for the Chase next year." Furniture Row Racing could be in the mix for Truex after losing Kurt Busch to Stewart-Haas Racing. General manager Joe Garone said the organization had not yet reached out to NAPA or Truex. "Hed certainly be on the radar," Garone said. "Hes more than qualified." Furniture Row will continue its arrangement with Chevrolet team Richard Childress Racing in 2014. Garone said there is no deal with FRR and Chevrolet. Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys
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