Nets nix Nuggets, 76ers re­main per­fect at home

The Borneo Post (Sabah) - - SPORT -

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

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