FILE — Nikola Jokic #15 of the Denver Nuggets dunks the ball in opposition to the Charlotte Hornets within the first quarter at Ball Enviornment on March 17, 2021 in Denver, Colorado. Matthew Stockman/Getty Photographs/AFP
Nikola Jokic collected 28 factors, 15 rebounds and 10 assists to carry the visiting Denver Nuggets to a 110-99 victory over the Orlando Magic on Tuesday.
The triple-double was the second in as many video games, twelfth this season and 53rd profession for Jokic, who was named the Western Convention Participant of the Week on Monday.
Jamal Murray had 21 factors, Will Barton added 17 and Michael Porter Jr. chipped in with 18 for the Nuggets, who’ve received 9 of their final 11 video games and 9 straight in opposition to Orlando.
P.J. Dozier had 14 factors off the bench to assist Denver prolong its highway successful streak to 6 video games by taking the opener of the three-game trek.
Evan Fournier sank 5 3-pointers to focus on his season-high-tying 31-point efficiency for the Magic, who’ve dropped 11 of their final 12 video games. Nikola Vucevic had 18 factors (on 8-for-25 taking pictures) and Al-Farouq Aminu added 17 factors and 10 rebounds in a dropping effort.
Orlando whittled a 24-point deficit to 5 on two events within the fourth quarter, with the latter coming after Fournier drained a 3-pointer with 7:06 to play.
The Nuggets prevented the Magic from finishing the comeback, nonetheless. Jokic continued to use the inside earlier than Porter drained a 3-pointer on back-to-back possessions to push the benefit to 104-92 with 2:33 remaining.
Jokic calmly sank a 3-pointer on the buzzer to stake Denver to a 61-39 lead at halftime. Jokic’s long-distance try however, Denver spent nearly all of its time exploiting the inside to the tune of scoring 42 factors within the paint whereas taking pictures a sturdy 56.0 % from the ground.
The Magic responded with a 20-6 run to start out the third quarter, capped by Aaron Gordon’s 3-pointer with 6:39 to play. Fournier scored seven factors in that stretch, highlighted by a fadeaway shot off the glass and a three-point play.
Previous to the sport, an emotional Nuggets coach Michael Malone broke down in tears whereas studying the names of the ten victims of Monday’s taking pictures bloodbath in Boulder (Colo.).
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