Hornets fall to Nuggets’ hot hands
Nikola Jokic scored a season-high 39 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, reserve Paul Millsap added 18 and the Western Conference-leading Den- ver Nuggets knocked off the Charlotte Hornets 123-110 on Saturday for their 10th straight home victory.
At 26-11, the Nuggets are off to their best NBA start in franchise history. This also marks the latest they’ve been in first place in the conference since March 16, 1977.
Jokic turned in another impressive stat line, also adding six assists, three steals and one blocked shot. He was 16 of 29 from the floor and 4 of 5 from the line.
Gary Harris added 17 points off the bench for a Denver team that scored 27 points off turnovers.
Kemba Walker had 20 points for the Hornets, who kicked off a six-game trip. Bismack Biyombo added a season-high 16 points.
Trey Lyles and Millsap hit back-to-back 3-pointers early in the fourth quarter to give the Nuggets a 105-93 lead. Torrey Craig cemented the win with a dunk on a fast break with 1:50 remaining to extend the lead to 14.
Craig had the hustle play of the day late in the fourth, saving a ball heading out of bounds and winding up about five rows deep into the stands.
Charlotte Hornets center Bismack Biyombo, left, goes up for a basket as Denver Nuggets forward Mason Plumlee defends in the first quarter Saturday in Denver.