Spurs top OKC in 2 OT

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DEN­VER (AP) – Nikola Jo­kic had 18 points, 14 re­bounds and 10 as­sists for his 21st ca­reer triple-dou­ble to help the Den­ver Nuggets ex­tend their home win­ning streak to 11 by cruis­ing past the Los An­ge­les Clip­pers 121-100 on Thurs­day night.

Ja­mal Mur­ray scored 23 points and Ma­son Plum­lee added a sea­son-high 17 points to go with 12 re­bounds for the Western Con­fer­ence-lead­ing Nuggets. They're 17-3 at home.

Lou Wil­liams led the Clip­pers with 19 points, and Danilo Gal­li­nari chipped in 18 against his for­mer team.

Jo­kic did a lit­tle bit of ev­ery­thing. The big man turned in the pass of the night when he threw a full-length strike over a de­fender to Mur­ray for a dunk in the third quar­ter. Jo­kic later had a layup when he bounced the ball off the back­board to him­self.

Jo­kic was com­ing off a game in Mi­ami on Tues­day in which he had 29 points, 11 re­bounds and 10 as­sists.

After the fi­nal buzzer, he signed a jersey for Bron­cos pass rusher Von Miller, who hap­pened to be sit­ting court­side. Miller also gave

Jo­kic a Bron­cos jersey.

Den­ver built the lead to 102-81 with 9:03 re­main­ing on a jumper by Monte Mor­ris. The Clip­pers made a lit­tle run, but Mor­ris si­lenced it with a 3-pointer.

Gal­li­nari re­ceived ap­plause from the crowd when he was an­nounced. He joined the Clip­pers last sea­son after a bulk of his ca­reer in Den­ver. He was lim­ited to 21 games with Los An­ge­les in 2017-18 due to in­juries and didn't suit up when the Clip­pers played in the Mile High City.

"I root for him. I root for guys that were here and helped me as a young head coach get this thing off and run­ning," Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. "Gallo was noth­ing but great in the time I was able to coach him." SPURS 154, THUN­DER 147


In San An­to­nio, LaMar­cus Aldridge scored a ca­reer-high 56 points and the San An­to­nio Spurs over­came Rus­sell West­brook's triple-dou­ble with 24 points, 24 re­bounds and 13 as­sists and out­lasted the Ok­la­homa City Thun­der for a 154-147 vic­tory in dou­ble-over­time on Thurs­day night.

Aldridge had seven points in the sec­ond over­time and Der­rick White added four points, a steal and a crit­i­cal block of Jerami Grant at the rim with San An­to­nio up 148-144 with less than 2 min­utes re­main­ing. White fin­ished with 23 points and Marco Be­linelli made all five of his 3-point at­tempts while scor­ing 19 points for the Spurs, who have won seven straight at home.

San An­to­nio made its first 14 3-point­ers to set a fran­chise record — but still needed two over­time pe­ri­ods to top­ple Ok­la­homa City.

Aldridge sur­passed his pre­vi­ous ca­reer high of 45 points, which he set against Utah on March 23, 2018.


In Mi­ami, Dwyane Wade scored 19 points, Josh Richard­son added 18 and Mi­ami con­nected on a sea­son­high 18 3-point­ers on the way to beat­ing Bos­ton.

Der­rick Jones Jr. scored 14 points, and Jus­tise Winslow fin­ished with 13 points and a ca­reer-best 11 as­sists. Mi­ami had 33 as­sists on 45 field goals.

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