DENVER (AP) — Nikola Jokic had 25 factors, 10 assists and 9 rebounds to assist the surging Denver Nuggets beat the San Antonio Spurs 106-96 on Wednesday evening.
Jokic simply missed 13th triple-double of the season. Michael Porter Jr. added 18 factors and 10 rebounds within the opener of the two-game set in Denver.
Denver has received seven in a row and has but to lose in six video games since Aaron Gordon and JaVale McGee came to visit in trade-deadline offers. Gordon had 9 factors, and McGee supplied power off the bench within the second half.
Derrick White and Dejounte Murray scored 18 factors every for struggling San Antonio. The Spurs hit the street for 5 video games after going 2-7 at house, together with a 24-point loss to Cleveland on Monday evening.
The groups will meet once more Friday evening.
Denver coach Michael Malone bought two technicals and was ejected with 5:32 left within the first half for yelling on the officers following a Jokic turnover.
The Nuggets led 54-50 at halftime however the Spurs opened the third on an 18-Four run to guide by 10. Denver scored the subsequent 11 factors and completed the third quarter on a 23-6 run to guide by seven heading into the fourth.
Denver shortly constructed a double-digit lead and went forward by 20 on Porter’s 3-pointer.
Spurs: Lonnie Walker IV (proper wrist soreness), Trey Lyles (proper ankle sprain) and Keita Bates-Diop (proper hamstring pressure) continued to be sidelined. “As you may think with the kind of accidents they’ve, it’s only a course of,” coach Gregg Popovich stated about Bates-Diop and Lyles. “They’re getting nearer and nearer.”
Nuggets: F Paul Millsap was inactive for relaxation. … Malone stated G Monte Morris received’t log heavy minutes for now. He performed in his second recreation after lacking 11 with a proper quad pressure. He completed with seven factors in 19 minutes.
MURRAY SITS AGAIN
Nuggets guard Jamal Murray was out of the lineup for the second straight recreation with proper knee soreness. With the compact schedule Malone stated he must handle Murray’s workload.
“We’re in the course of six video games in 9 nights, three video games in 4 nights, so the schedule has clearly been very demanding,” Malone stated. “We’ve requested a number of Nikola, Jamal, all of our guys, and he’s banged up, so he wants this relaxation to try to get again as wholesome as attainable this season.”