Tony Brown Jr. scored 24 points, Thomas Bryant and Jabari Parker each had 20, and the Washington Wizards held Denver to just 28 points in the second half in a 95-90 win over the Nuggets on Sunday Night.

Nikola Jokic had 23 points and 14 rebounds for Denver, which lost for the third time in five games and saw its lead in the Northwest Division over Portland cut to three games. The Nuggets lead Houston by 2 ½ games in the race for the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference.

The loss came at price for Denver. Starting point guard Jamal Murray left the game in the third quarter with a sprained left ankle and didn’t return. Murray missed six games from Jan. 26-Feb. 4 with a left ankle sprain. Also, Jokic was ejected late in the fourth quarter with the game tied at 88. Washington outscored the Nuggets 7-2 after Jokic was tossed.

Washington Wizards forward Jabari Parker, right, goes up for a basket as Denver Nuggets guard Monte Morris defends in the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 31, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Washington Wizards forward Jabari Parker, right, goes up for a basket as Denver Nuggets guard Monte Morris defends in the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 31, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Jokic scored on a layup with 3:36 left, immediately argued with an official and was hit with two quick technicals. Bradley Beal hit the two free throws and Bryant scored on a layup to put the Wizards up four.

It was a rough night all around for Jokic. He scored the first 10 points of the game for Denver and was 7-of-8 shooting when Bobby Portis hit him in the nose with his left hand while going up for a layup. Jokic left the game with a bloody nose and didn’t return until midway through the second quarter.

The Nuggets led by as many as 12 points and were up 72-62 after a 3-pointer by Will Barton with 5:52 left in the third. But Washington scored 13 straight points to take a 75-72 lead. Denver scored just 10 points in the third and missed its last seven shots of the period.

Denver Nuggets forward Mason Plumlee, right, leans into Washington Wizards forward Jabari Parker while working the ball inside for a basket in the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 31, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Denver Nuggets forward Mason Plumlee, right, leans into Washington Wizards forward Jabari Parker while working the ball inside for a basket in the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 31, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Two 3-pointers gave Denver a lead, but a steal and layup by Tomas Satoransky and a 3-pointer by Brown put the Wizards ahead 86-82 with 6:08 remaining.

Denver shot 53.2 percent in the first half, but was just 10 of 47 from the field.

TIP-INS

Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal, right, drives past Denver Nuggets guard Gary Harris in the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 31, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal, right, drives past Denver Nuggets guard Gary Harris in the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 31, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Wizards: F Trevor Ariza missed his third straight game with a left groin strain suffered at the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday. … The Wizards play three of their last four games at home.

Nuggets: G Isaiah Thomas didn’t get off the bench for the seventh straight game and 10th time in the last 11 games. Thomas made his season debut just before the All-Star break but a deep backcourt has kept him out of the rotation. … Jokic now has 53 double-doubles this season to go with 12 triple-doubles.

UP NEXT

Washington Wizards center Dwight Howard jokes with fans as time runs out in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets Sunday, March 31, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Washington Wizards center Dwight Howard jokes with fans as time runs out in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets Sunday, March 31, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Wizards: Hosts Chicago on Wednesday night.

Nuggets: Play at Golden State on Tuesday in a matchup of the top teams in the Western Conference.

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Washington Wizards guard Jordan McRae cheers as tie runs out in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets Sunday, March 31, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Washington Wizards guard Jordan McRae cheers as tie runs out in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets Sunday, March 31, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic looks up after getting hit in the nose on a drive to the rim for a basket by Washington Wizards forward Bobby Portis in the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 31, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic looks up after getting hit in the nose on a drive to the rim for a basket by Washington Wizards forward Bobby Portis in the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 31, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic holds his nose after getting hit in the face as Washington Wizards forward Bobby Portis drove the lane for a basket in the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 31, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic holds his nose after getting hit in the face as Washington Wizards forward Bobby Portis drove the lane for a basket in the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 31, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Washington Wizards head coach Scott Brooks, right, argues for a call with referee James Capers in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets Sunday, March 31, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Washington Wizards head coach Scott Brooks, right, argues for a call with referee James Capers in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets Sunday, March 31, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Washington Wizards guard Tomas Satoransky, left, explains a play to forward Troy Brown Jr. as a Denver Nuggets player heads to the free throw line in the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 31, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Washington Wizards guard Tomas Satoransky, left, explains a play to forward Troy Brown Jr. as a Denver Nuggets player heads to the free throw line in the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 31, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

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