Nikola Jokic has triple double, Nuggets beat Hornets 129-104


DENVER — Nikola Jokic had 12 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for another triple-double, Michael Porter Jr. added 28 points and the Denver Nuggets pulled away in the second half to beat the Charlotte Hornets 129-104 on Wednesday night.

Jokic has 10 triple-doubles this season and 51 overall. He also had his 228th double-double to move one past Dikembe Mutumbo for the franchise record. Jokic leads the NBA in double-doubles this season with 36 in 40 games.

Will Barton scored 23 points to help the Nuggets win for the seventh time in eight games and snapping Charlotte’s four-game winning streak.

Terry Rozier had 21 points to lead the Hornets. LaMelo Ball had 14 points.

Up 57-45 at the half, the Nuggets took control with a dominant third quarter, outscoring the Hornets 38-22 to take a 95-67 lead into the final period. In the final 3 1/2 minutes of the third, as the Nuggets stretched their lead to 28 points, Jokic had passes to Jamal Murray that set up a 3-pointer, fed JaMychal Green for a dunk and PJ Dozier for a layup before going in for a dunk off a feed from Facundo Campazzo.

Charlotte could not threaten the rest of the way as the Nuggets led by 34 points. They emptied their bench midway through the final quarter.


Hornets: Less than a month after going 3-3 on six-game trip, Charlotte began another extended stay on the road. Wednesday’s visit to Denver was the first in a five-game road trip. Nuggets: G Gary Harris remains sidelined by a left abductor strain that has kept him out for most of the last five weeks. There is no timetable yet for his return. ā€œI think for right now, and the foreseeable future, Gary is out and hopefully every day he is inching closer to getting back and being able to play,ā€ coach Michael Malone said before the game.


Hornets: At Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night.

Nuggets: Host Chicago on Friday night.

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