Jo­kic’s sea­son-high 40 spark Nuggets

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Nikola Jo­kic wanted to set an ex­am­ple for his team­mates with high-en­ergy, phys­i­cal play. He did that and much more.

Jo­kic scored a sea­son-high 40 points, Ja­mal Mur­ray fought through a bloody lip to score 24 and the host Den­ver Nuggets beat the Port­land Trail Blaz­ers 116-113 on Sun­day night.

“He was re­ally ag­gres­sive from the jump,” Mur­ray said of Jo­kic. “Whether it was Nurk [Jusuf Nur­kic] ... who­ever was on him, he was go­ing at them and they had no an­swer for him.”

Jo­kic, who at times was ser­e­naded with “MVP” chants, said he wanted to set the tone early with his ag­gres­sive play.

“I thought dur­ing warmups we were kind of loose and not fo­cused, so I tried to pick up the en­ergy,” Jo­kic said.

Damian Lil­lard led Port­land with 26 points.

Toronto 140, at Wash­ing­ton 138 (2 OT):

Serge Ibaka’s three-pointer with 15 sec­onds left in the sec­ond over­time helped the Rap­tors win their fifth in a row. Bradley Beal had sea­son highs of 43 points and 15 as­sists along with 10 re­bounds for the Wizards, who trailed by 17 late in the third quar­ter.

Golden State 119, at Dal­las 114:

Stephen Curry made 11 three­p­oint­ers and fin­ished with 48 points for the War­riors, who re­ceived a valiant bat­tle from a Dal­las team play­ing with­out its top two point guards. The Mav­er­icks took a 113-108 lead with 2:49 re­main­ing but missed their fi­nal eight shots from the field.

Mil­wau­kee 133, at At­lanta 114:

Gian­nis An­te­tok­oun­mpo scored 33 points, Eric Bled­soe had 24 points and 10 as­sists, and the Bucks beat the Hawks in Mike Bu­den­holzer’s re­turn to At­lanta. Mil­wau­kee, which lost Fri­day, is 12-0 after a de­feat and re­mained the league’s only team not to drop con­sec­u­tive games.

at Or­lando 116, Hous­ton 109:

A 16-2 run in the fourth quar­ter helped the Magic rally past the in­jury-de­pleted Rock­ets. James Har­den scored 38 points to push his run of 30-point games to 16, but the Hous­ton star was only one of 17 from three-point range.

Philadel­phia 108, at New York 105:

Ben Sim­mons had 20 points, 22 re­bounds and nine as­sists for the 76ers, who handed the Knicks their fourth con­sec­u­tive loss.

Cleve­land 101, at Lak­ers 95

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