Nets stun Nuggets late, spoil Den­ver’s per­fect home slate

The Mercury News - - Sports -

Caris LeVert hit a floater in the lane with 0.3 sec­onds left and the Brook­lyn Nets scored the last six points to beat the Den­ver Nuggets 112-110 on Fri­day night.

The Nets over­came a big bounce-back night from Den­ver’s Nikola Jo­kic to win their third straight. In an of­fen­sive funk for the last four games, Jo­kic had a sea­son-high 37 points and tied his ca­reer best with 21 re­bounds.

It wasn’t enough to pre­vent Den­ver’s first home loss of the sea­son.

He had 11 points in the first quar­ter and a dou­ble­dou­ble with 20 points and 12 re­bounds at half­time.

Den­ver ap­peared to take con­trol after Jo­kic blocked Jar­rett Allen, grabbed the re­bound and fed Ma­lik Beasley for a layup and a 108-106 lead with 1:23 left. After a Brook­lyn miss, Paul Mill­sap’s two free throws made it a four-point game.

The Nets tied it with 29 sec­onds left and Jo­kic was called for trav­el­ing with 22 sec­onds left.

LeVert got the ball up top and was blan­keted by Gary Har­ris. He broke through the tight de­fense to get into the lane and hit a soft lob to give Brook­lyn the win.

76ERS 133, HOR­NETS 132, OT >> Joel Em­biid scored 16 of his 42 points in the fourth quar­ter to help Philadel­phia sting vis­it­ing Char­lotte in over­time. The Hor­nets fought back from a 21-point deficit and led by five with 1:18 re­main­ing in reg­u­la­tion be­fore the Six­ers forced ex­tra time. Kemba Walker scored 19 of his 30 points in the fourth quar­ter for the Hor­nets. MAGIC 117, WIZARDS 108 >> Nikola Vuce­vic had 21 points and 14 re­bounds, and D.J. Au­gustin came up with big plays in the fi­nal two min­utes to help Or­lando beat Wash­ing­ton. Au­gustin had six points, an as­sist and a steal after Wash­ing­ton cut a 25-point deficit to one at 106-105 with 2:30 re­main­ing. Aaron Gor­don added 20 points for Or­lando.

Bradley Beal led the Wizards with 27 points. Wash­ing­ton fell to 2-9. PIS­TONS 124, HAWKS 109 >> An­dre Drum­mond had 23 points and 11 re­bounds, Stan­ley John­son added a sea­son-high 22 points, and De­troit beat At­lanta on the road.

PAC­ERS 110, HEAT 102 >> Vic­tor Oladipo had 22 points and 10 as­sists, Bo­jan Bog­danovic put In­di­ana ahead to stay on a 3-pointer with just un­der a minute re­main­ing, and the Pac­ers beat Mi­ami. Do­man­tas Sabo­nis and Dar­ren Col­li­son each scored 17 points to help the Pac­ers snap a two-game slide.

Kelly Olynyk led the Heat with 20 points, but missed most of the fourth quar­ter with an in­jury. JAZZ 123, CELTICS 115 >> Joe In­gles matched his ca­reer high with 27 points and added a sea­son-high seven as­sists to help Utah beat Bos­ton in Gor­don Hay­ward’s re­turn to Utah.

KINGS 121, TIM­BER­WOLVES 110 >> Willie Cauley-Stein had 25 points, Ne­manja Bjel­ica scored eight in a row dur­ing a big run late in the third quar­ter and Sacra­mento beat slump­ing Min­nesota.

MORE IN­JURY NEWS FOR CAVA­LIERS >> The Cava­liers’ in­jury list con­tin­ues to grow with start­ing for­ward Cedi Os­man the lat­est ad­di­tion. Os­man will miss to­day’s game at Chicago with back spasms that forced him to leave Wed­nes­day’s loss to Or­lando.


The Celtics’ Gor­don Hay­ward goes to the bas­ket as Joe In­gles of the Jazz de­fends. Utah won 123-115.

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