Mar 17, 2010 2:30 AM

Nuggets win for Karl's return

DENVER (AP) - J.R. Smith scored 13 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter, helping the Denver Nuggets pull away for a 97-87 victory Tuesday night over the Washington Wizards.

Carmelo Anthony led the Nuggets with 29 points and 12 rebounds. Nene added 16 points for Denver, which sent Washington to its ninth consecutive loss.

The game marked the return of Nuggets coach George Karl, who was back on the bench after missing four games over the past week for cancer treatments.

Andray Blatche led the Wizards with 23 points and Al Thornton had 16.

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