Los Angeles Times

Nets overcome Jokic’s big game


Mikal Bridges scored 25 points, and the Brooklyn Nets withstood a late rally and another triple-double by Nikola Jokic to beat the host Denver Nuggets 122-120.

Nic Claxton contribute­d 20 points for Brooklyn, which has won five of its last six.

Jokic had 35 points, 20 rebounds and 11 assists for his NBA-leading 27th triple-double of the season but missed a contested 14foot jumper with five seconds left that would have given the Nuggets the lead.

Denver suffered its third consecutiv­e loss.

Trey Murphy III made a career-best nine threepoint­ers to highlight his career-high 41 points, and visiting New Orleans defeated Portland 127-110. ... Joel Embiid scored 34 points, and host Philadelph­ia cruised to a 112-93 win over Washington.

Arabian Knight is off the Kentucky Derby trail.

Wagering was suspended on the 3-year-old colt for the Derby’s future wager after owner Amr Zedan announced the decision. Arabian Knight was the second choice on the morning line behind favorite Forte for the race May 6.

“Trainer Tim Yakteen wasn’t happy with his last work & we feel it’s in Arabian Knight’s best interest not to rush & allow him more time to develop,” Zedan tweeted.

Arabian Knight had his third workout Thursday at Santa Anita.

Primoz Roglic made a winning return to cycling as he triumphed in Italy at the weeklong Tirreno-Adriatico race for a fourth Slovenian victory in five editions of “The Race of the Two Seas.” It was Roglic’s first race of the season after he underwent shoulder surgery last year. ... Tadej Pogacar clinched the final stage with a solo escape to win the weeklong Paris-Nice race.

Olympic champion Marco Odermatt secured his second straight World Cup title in giant slalom. The Swiss skier won the penultimat­e giant slalom race of the season in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia.

Still mired in controvers­y over its payments to the company of a former refereeing committee official, Barcelona restored its lead over Real Madrid to nine points in the Spanish soccer league after a late VAR decision went its way. Barcelona beat host Athletic Bilbao 1-0 after video review disallowed an 87th-minute goal by Bilbao forward Iñaki Williams for a handball in the buildup.

In the English Premier League, visiting Arsenal beat Fulham 3-0 to reestablis­h a five-point lead over second-place Manchester City, the reigning champion. … Lois Openda scored three times in 4 minutes 30 seconds for the fastest French league hat trick in 50 years to help Lens move into third place with a 4-0 win at Clermont.

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