Hor­nets fall to Nuggets’ hot hands

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Sports - BY PAT GRA­HAM As­so­ci­ated Press

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.

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