Nets nix Nuggets, 76ers remain perfect at home
LOS ANGELES: Caris LeVert nailed a clutch shot with 0.3 seconds left to spoil a slump-breaking night by Nikola Jokic as the Brooklyn Nets defeated the Denver Nuggets 112-110 on Friday.
Jokic got hot for a change, but the Nuggets still couldn't cool off the Nets who have won four of their last five games.
The 23-year-old Jokic is normally and dynamic seven-foot playmaker but he has been out of sorts and reluctant to score lately.
That wasn't the case Friday as the Serbian all-star finished with a season-high 37 points and tied a career-best 21 rebounds.
But the Nets played to the final buzzer by scoring the final six points, including LeVert's gamewinning floater in the lane.
D'Angelo Russell led the Nets with 23 points, and Jarrett Allen had 18.
Jokic had 11 points in the first quarter and a double-double with 20 points and 12 rebounds at halftime.
After averaging 21.6 points in October, Jokic saw his offense disappear in November.
He has taken only 18 shots in four games, and the only one he took Wednesday in a loss to Memphis was a missed three-pointer in the final seconds that would have won it.
Before the game, he was slapped with a $25,000 fine for a derogatory joke made after a win in Chicago on October 31.
The Nets tied it with 29 seconds left and Jokic was called for travelling with 22 seconds left. - AFP