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