Denver (AP) —Nikola Jokić scored 25 points, 10 assists and 9 rebounds to help the Denver Nuggets soar on Wednesday night to defeat the San Antonio Spurs 106-96.
Jokić missed his 13th triple-double this season. Michael Porter Jr. added 18 points and 10 rebounds in the two-game opener set in Denver.
Denver has won seven straight games and hasn’t lost in six games since Aaron Gordon and JaVale McGee came in for a deadline deal. Gordon scored 9 points and McGee provided energy from the bench in the second half.
Derrick White and Dejounte Murray each scored 18 points after struggling in San Antonio. The Spurs played five games after progressing 2-7 at home, including a 24-point defeat to Cleveland on Monday night.
The team will meet again on Friday night.
Denver coach Michael Malone was sent off leaving 5:32 in the first half after winning two technicals and yelling at officials following Jokić’s change.
The Nuggets led 54-50 in half-time, while the Spurs opened third with 18-4 runs, leading 10th. Denver scored the next 11 points, finishing the third quarter with a 23-6 run and leading fourth with a seven. ..
Denver quickly built a double-digit lead, 20 points behind Porter’s 3 points.
Spurs: Lonnie Walker IV (pain in the right wrist), Trey Lyles (sprain in the right ankle), and Keita Bates Diop (right hamstring train) continued to be on the sidelines. “It’s just a process, as you can imagine from the types of their injuries,” said Gregg Popovich about Bates Diop and Lyles. “They are getting closer and closer.”
Nuggets: F Paul Millsap was inactive due to rest. … Malone said G Monte Morris hasn’t recorded a heavy minute so far. He played in the second game after missing 11 due to tension in his right quadriceps. He finished with 7 points in 19 minutes.
MURRAY SITS AGAIN
The Nuggets Guard Jamal Murray is out of the lineup for two consecutive games with pain in his right knee. With a compact schedule, Malone said he needed to manage Murray’s workload.
“We were in the middle of six games for nine nights and three games for four nights, so the schedule was clearly very tight,” Malone said. “We asked a lot of Nicola, Jamal, and all of us, and he was smashed, so he needs this rest to be as healthy as possible this season.”
Nikola Jokić scored 25 points, Nuggets defeated Spurs 106-96
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