Nuggets 94, Bullets 92
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) _ Brian Williams and Jalen Rose combined for three free throws in the final 37 seconds and the Denver Nuggets, taking advantage of two missed free throws and two missed shots in the final four seconds, beat the Washington Bullets 94-92 on Sunday night.
Williams made the first of two free throws to give Denver a 92-91 lead with 37 seconds left, and Rose hit two with 6.5 seconds remaining and Denver led 94-91.
Scott Skiles, fouled on a 3-point attempt, missed two of the three free throws and Denver led 94-92, needing only to run out the remaining time.
But the Bullets turned the ball over at midcourt and Washington’s Chris Webber grabbed the loose ball. He missed a halfcourt shot and Juwan Howard, who got the rebound, missed an open 5-footer as time expired.
Mahmoud Abdoul-Rauf had 23 points and Dikembe Mutombo 21 for Denver and Rose contributed 9 points and 10 assists. Calbert Cheaney had 27 points, Howard 20 and Webber 14 for Washington.
Denver appeared in command early in the fourth when Mutombo’s three-point play provided an 81-72 lead with 10:29 left. But Washington rallied for a 91-90 lead on a layup by Cheaney.
Williams’ free throw tied it 91-91 with 1:02 left. Washington had a chance to take the lead, but the Bullets turned the ball over.
The game was tied 49-49 at halftime, but Abdoul-Rauf made three baskets in a 9-2 run that gave the Nuggets a 67-61 lead. Abdoul-Rauf made five of six and scored 10 points in the quarter.