Jokic’s season-high 40 spark Nuggets
DENVER 116 PORTLAND 113
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