Nuggets Dominate Paint in Historic Win Over Wizards

Tyler Maher
The Denver Nuggets had a historic performance in the paint against the Washington Wizards on Wednesday.
The Denver Nuggets had a historic performance in the paint against the Washington Wizards on Wednesday. / ASSOCIATED PRESS
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The Denver Nuggets put their size to good use on Wednesday night during their 141-128 win over the Washington Wizards.

The vast majority of Denver's points came in the paint, setting an NBA record in the process.

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According to ESPN Stats & Info, the Nuggets scored a whopping 98 points in the paint against the Wizards -- a record since that stat started being tracked during the 1996-1997 season.

Of Denver's 54 field-goal makes, 49 came from the paint (90.7%). It was a throwback performance to how basketball used to be played before the three-point line was invented and encouraged teams to venture farther away from the basket.

It also helps to have one of the league's best big men in Nikola Jokic. The two-time defending NBA MVP had his best game of the year, pouring in a season-high 43 points on a highly efficient 17-of-20 shooting.

At the end of the day, the Wizards simply weren't able to protect the paint and the Nuggets kept exploiting it to great success, coming away with a historic win as well.

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