Jo­kic scores 40 as Nuggets edge Blaz­ers

Tri-City Herald - - Sports - BY DEN­NIS GE­OR­GATOS

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

Jo­kic fin­ished a point off his ca­reer high. He added 10 re­bounds and eight as­sists, just miss­ing his sixth-triple dou­ble of the sea­son.

Mur­ray’s lip was blood­ied when he took an el­bow to the mouth from Jusuf Nur­kic on a drive to the bas­ket early in the third quar­ter. Mur­ray hit both free throws be­fore head­ing to the locker room to get the in­jury tended to. He was back in the game within min­utes, and grabbed a re­bound off his own missed shot in the fi­nal mo­ments, hit­ting both free throws after he was fouled to help the Nuggets stave off Port­land.

Den­ver re­bounded from a loss at Phoenix on Satur­day night for its 12th home win in a row.

Damian Lil­lard led Port­land with 26 points, and CJ McCol­lum had 18 points. The Trail Blaz­ers had won four straight.

Lil­lard put in a re­verse layup to put the Trail Blaz­ers up by two with 5:48 re­main­ing in the third quar­ter. But the Nuggets closed the pe­riod on a 17-10 run to take a 93-88 lead into the fourth. Jo­kic had 15 of his points in the pe­riod, in­clud­ing two 3-point­ers dur­ing the Nuggets’ surge and also added an as­sist on an al­ley-oop pass that Ma­son Plum­lee fin­ished with a one-handed dunk.

Port­land, though, scored the first six points of the fourth, mov­ing in front by a point on Evan Turner’s jumper.

It was tied at 108 when Jo­kic hit a floater in the lane to put the Nuggets on top with 1:07 left to play. He added a pair of free throws mo­ments later, only to see Lil­lard drive to the bas­ket for a dunk. With 30.6 sec­onds, Mur­ray hit a jumper, but McCol­lum con­nected on 3-pointer to pull Port­land within one with 27.7 sec­onds left.

Den­ver ran the clock down, and Mur­ray let a jumper fly that hit the back of the rim and bounced out.


Trail Blaz­ers: At Sacra­mento on Mon­day night. Nuggets: Host Golden State on Tues­day night.


Port­land guard Damian Lil­lard heads off the court as time runs out Sun­day in Den­ver. The Blaz­ers lost to the Nuggets 116-113, end­ing their four-game win­ning streak.

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