DENVER (AP) _ Juwan Howard had 22 points and 11 rebounds and Mitch Richmond added 22 points as the Washington Wizards dealt the Denver Nuggets their 10th loss in their last 11 games, 100-86 on Thursday night.

Howard, who has averaged 15 points and five rebounds over the past five games, hit 10 of 21 shots for Washington, which is 9-26 on the road but 3-2 in its last five road games.

Reserve Aaron Williams had 15 points and Chris Whitney 14 points for the Wizards, unbeaten in their last three trips to Denver.

Nick Van Exel and George McCloud led Denver with 18 points each. The Nuggets failed to score at least 90 points in three consecutive games for the first time this year.

The Nuggets cut seven points off a 79-61 lead with a 9-2 run with McCloud hitting a baseline jumper and a 3-pointer and Raef LaFrentz hit a jump shot in the paint to get within 81-70. Williams, a former Nugget, hit three straight jumpers and Troy Murray hit a shot from the corner and a 3-pointer to put Washington back ahead 92-74 with 3:50 left.

Leading 56-42 at halftime, the Wizards went on a 11-0 run to start the third quarter with Howard providing five points to build a 67-42 lead. The Nuggets went over four minutes without scoring, missing their first 10 shots of the half before reserve Chris Herren hit a 3-pointer.

With McDyess scoring five points over the next four minutes, the Nuggets got within 73-56 with 3:01 left in the quarter. Richmond and Murray hit two free throws each in the last two minutes as Washington took a 17-point lead into the fourth quarter.

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