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- After sitting out Wednesday’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Denver Nuggets forward Wilson Chandler was available again Friday against the Washington Wizards. Chandler is still recuperating from hip surgery and played two games before resting on the second night of a back-to-back set. Denver does not play on consecutive nights again until Feb. 12-13.
- Wizards guard Jordan Crawford was cleared to play after missing four games because of a sore left ankle. Coach Randy Wittman said Crawford “looked good and had a bounce to him” during a workout in Denver on Thursday. Crawford is Washington’s leading scoring at 15.6 points per game. “He’ll come off the bench as he has and provide us with that spark he can for us,” Wittman said.
- Washington center Nene was busy Thursday and Friday catching up with many of the friends he made while a member of the Nuggets from 2002-12. “There’s a lot of history here,” he said. It was Nene’s first trip to Denver since the Nuggets sent him to the Wizards as part of a three-team trade on March 15, 2012. Denver received big man JaVale McGee in the deal.
- Both Denver and Washington were looking to bounce back from disheartening losses. The Nuggets saw their six-game winning streak snapped with a 20-point loss at Oklahoma City, while Washington’s three-game winning streak ended with a one-point loss at Sacramento. “That one hurt, losing at the end the way we did,” Wittman said.
– Michael Kelly