Wizards drop 3rd straight with 113-108 loss to Nuggets

Denver Nuggets guard Malik Beasley (25) and Mason Plumlee (24) smile after Beasley made a 3-point basket during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Thursday, March 21, 2019, in Washington. The Nuggets won 113-108. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Denver Nuggets guard Malik Beasley (25) and Mason Plumlee (24) smile after Beasley made a 3-point basket during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Thursday, March 21, 2019, in Washington. The Nuggets won 113-108. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (AP/Nick Wass)
Washington Wizards center Thomas Bryant (13) dunks against Denver Nuggets guard Gary Harris (14) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, March 21, 2019, in Washington. The Nuggets won 113-108. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Washington Wizards center Thomas Bryant (13) dunks against Denver Nuggets guard Gary Harris (14) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, March 21, 2019, in Washington. The Nuggets won 113-108. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (AP/Nick Wass)
Washington Wizards center Thomas Bryant (13) grabs a rebound next to Denver Nuggets forward Paul Millsap (4) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, March 21, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Washington Wizards center Thomas Bryant (13) grabs a rebound next to Denver Nuggets forward Paul Millsap (4) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, March 21, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (AP/Nick Wass)
Denver Nuggets forward Mason Plumlee (24) dunks against Washington Wizards center Thomas Bryant, bottom left, and guard Chasson Randle (9) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, March 21, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Denver Nuggets forward Mason Plumlee (24) dunks against Washington Wizards center Thomas Bryant, bottom left, and guard Chasson Randle (9) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, March 21, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (AP/Nick Wass)
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Denver Nuggets guard Malik Beasley (25) and Mason Plumlee (24) smile after Beasley made a 3-point basket during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Thursday, March 21, 2019, in Washington. The Nuggets won 113-108. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Washington Wizards center Thomas Bryant (13) dunks against Denver Nuggets guard Gary Harris (14) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, March 21, 2019, in Washington. The Nuggets won 113-108. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Washington Wizards center Thomas Bryant (13) grabs a rebound next to Denver Nuggets forward Paul Millsap (4) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, March 21, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Denver Nuggets forward Mason Plumlee (24) dunks against Washington Wizards center Thomas Bryant, bottom left, and guard Chasson Randle (9) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, March 21, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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The Wizards’ playoff hopes took another dent Thursday night as Washington fell to the Denver Nuggets 113-108, their third-straight loss.

Bradley Beal led all scorers with 25 points, also dishing eight assists in the losing effort. Thomas Bryant chipped in with 22 points and eight rebounds.

Eight Nuggets finished in double-figures, Denver’s balanced attack proving too much for Washington. All-Star center Nikola Jokic earned a double-double with 15 points and 11 assists.

One thing you should know about the game: Rookie guard Troy Brown Jr. made his first NBA start for the Wizards Thursday night and played well, scoring a career-high 13 points and snagging five rebounds.

The highlight you should see

What’s next: The Wizards host the Miami Heat Saturday night at 7 p.m. Coverage begins at 6 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington and MyTeams.

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Related story: The Wizards have suited up 25 players in the 2018-19 season, setting a franchise-record.

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