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Sports Jokic blocks late shot, Nuggets hold off Pelicans 114-112

07:35  29 april  2021
07:35  29 april  2021 Source:   thecanadianpress.com

Jokic, Nuggets regroup after losing Murray to knee injury

  Jokic, Nuggets regroup after losing Murray to knee injury DENVER — Already a triple-double threat on the floor, Denver Nuggets big man Nikola Jokic is prepared to raise his game in yet another category — leadership. Anything to help out after losing point guard and vocal leader Jamal Murray for the season due to a torn ACL in his left knee. Jokic's first decree to his teammates: Concentrate on the task at hand. Because nothing changes, even if the odds may say so. The Nuggets’ stock as a contender in the Western Conference took a hit in the wake of Murray’s knee injury. Once +1400 favourites to win the West, the Nuggets are now +1600, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

The Pelicans argued for a foul call against Jokic , but the Nuggets instead collected the rebound and sealed the win. Denver’s P.J. Dozier missed two straight free throws with five-tenths of a second remaining in regulation, but New Orleans did not have enough time to grab the rebound and toss up a shot before the buzzer. Fill-in starting Denver point guard Facundo Campazzo drained consecutive three-pointers to put the Nuggets back up by 13 with 3:16 left, before the Pelicans used a series of unusual sequences to make the hosts nervous in the final minute.

Davis was fouled on the shot and made the free throw for a two-point lead. Dallas got two more possessions, but Doncic had a layup blocked by Jrue Holiday, Dennis Smith Jr. missed a 3-pointer and the Mavericks couldn't get off a shot on a final possession with four seconds left. ''If he's not the MVP, he's Over the final 24 minutes, the Pelicans held the Mavericks (16-18) to 46 points on 40.5 percent shooting and forced nine turnovers. That made up for Dallas' barrage of perimeter shooting . The Mavs outgunned the Pelicans from long range, 15-4. ''It's hard to win a game when you get outscored by 33

DENVER — Nikola Jokic scored 32 points and blocked Zion Williamson's shot from behind with 2.2 seconds remaining as the Denver Nuggets keep rolling even without standout point guard Jamal Murray, holding off the New Orleans Pelicans 114-112 Wednesday night.

Nikola Jokic holding a basketball © Provided by The Canadian Press

Leading by nine points with 52.8 seconds remaining, the suddenly turnover-prone Nuggets withstood a furious rally by the Pelicans, who cut the lead to 114-112 with 9.9 seconds remaining. Williamson was going in for a dunk when Jokic knocked the ball away.

Michael Porter Jr. added 28 points and Facundo Campazzo made three critical 3-pointers down the stretch on his way to a career-high 19 points. Aaron Gordon contributed 10 points while also keeping close tabs on Williamson in a game where the Nuggets never trailed.

Jokic's 47 leads Nuggets over Grizzlies 139-137 in 2 OTs

  Jokic's 47 leads Nuggets over Grizzlies 139-137 in 2 OTs DENVER — Nikola Jokic scored 47 points, including a go-ahead 3-pointer late in the second overtime, and the Denver Nuggets rallied to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 139-137 on Monday night. Jokic added 15 rebounds and eight assists, Will Barton scored 28 and Michael Porter Jr. 21 for the shorthanded Nuggets. Denver played without its top two point guards -- Jamal Murray, who has a torn ACL in his left knee and Monte Morris. Jokic burnished his MVPJokic added 15 rebounds and eight assists, Will Barton scored 28 and Michael Porter Jr. 21 for the shorthanded Nuggets. Denver played without its top two point guards -- Jamal Murray, who has a torn ACL in his left knee and Monte Morris.

Davis was fouled on the shot and made the free throw for a two-point lead. Dallas got two more possessions, but Doncic had a layup blocked by Jrue Holiday, Dennis Smith Jr. missed a 3-pointer and the Mavericks couldn't get off a shot on a final possession with four seconds left. "If he's not the MVP, he's Over the final 24 minutes, the Pelicans held the Mavericks (16-18) to 46 points on 40.5 percent shooting and forced nine turnovers. That made up for Dallas' barrage of perimeter shooting . The Mavs outgunned the Pelicans from long range, 15-4. "It's hard to win a game when you get outscored by 33

With Nikola Jokic and Jerami Grant aggressively crashing the offensive glass, the Denver Nuggets were able to overcome an off night shooting on the road for an unusual but gratifying victory. Jokic had 27 points and grabbed seven of his 12 rebounds on the offensive end and the Nuggets beat the New Orleans Pelicans 113-106 on Friday night. Not only did the Nuggets win while shooting below 40%, but they also played most of the second half without coach Michael Malone on the sideline after he received two quick technical fouls from official Eric Lewis with 9:10 left in the third quarter.

Denver improved to 7-1 since Murray was lost for the season with a torn ACL.

Brandon Ingram scored 27 points, while Lonzo Ball recorded a triple-double with 16 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists. Williamson had 21 points and two rebounds for a New Orleans team that’s trying to climb into the playoff picture. The Pelicans entered the night 11th in the West.

Porter had two critical layups in the fourth. But on his second one, he crashed to the floor and stayed down for a moment. He gingerly walked to the bench for a timeout before returning after the break. Porter soon hit a 3-pointer.

The hard-to-contain Williamson averaged 34.5 points over the previous two meetings against Denver this season. But the Nuggets didn’t have Gordon, who was acquired in a deal with Orlando on March 25. Gordon — along with Paul Millsap — helped hold the 6-foot-6, 284-pound Williamson in check. Williamson didn't pull down his first board until 10:36 remaining.

Porter scores career-high 39 points, Nuggets beat Rockets

  Porter scores career-high 39 points, Nuggets beat Rockets DENVER — Michael Porter Jr. scored a career-high 39 points, Nikola Jokic had 24 points and the Denver Nuggets beat the undermanned Houston Rockets 129-116 on Saturday night. P.J. Dozier started at guard in place of the injured Will Barton and added a career-high 23 points for the Nuggets. They are 13-3 in their last 16 games while dealing with a wave of backcourt injuries. “I was really pleased offensively,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. “We came from a game last night where the ball wasn’t moving a whole lot (118-97 loss at Golden State). It was kind of being held and we didn’t make the defence work for us. Tonight, we had 36 assists — that’s a great number for us.

Anthony Davis hit a go-ahead, fall-away jumper with 43.9 seconds left and scored a season-high 48 points to out duel rookie Luka Doncic and lift the New Orleans Pelicans over the Dallas Mavericks 114 - 112 on Friday night. Davis was fouled on the shot and made the free throw for a two-point lead. Dallas got two more possessions, but Doncic had a layup blocked by Jrue Holiday, Dennis Smith Jr. missed a 3-pointer and the Mavericks couldn't get off a shot on a final possession with four seconds left.

DENVER (AP) — Nikola Jokic scored 18 of his 23 points in the second half to help Denver overcome Stephen Curry's sharp shooting as the Nuggets held off the Golden State Warriors 114 -104 on Thursday night. Jokic also had 14 rebounds and 10 assists for his 46th career triple-double. The big man entered averaging a triple-double and leading the NBA in assists. “I think he’d definitely be in the MVP conversation, which is entirely too early to talk about,” Denver coach Michael Malone said. “That’s the kind of impact he’s had on the game every single night." Will Barton and Jamal Murray each

TIP-INS

Pelicans: F James Johnson is on a minutes restriction as he returns from a strained adductor. He had two points in 7:40. ... Center Steven Adams was back after missing a game with a sprained toe. He had two points.

Nuggets: Guards Monte Morris and Will Barton were both out with hamstring injuries. ... Campazzo had 10 assists.

NO MURRAY, STILL WINNING

It’s no surprise to Nuggets coach Michael Malone his team is still winning despite no Murray.

“If you thought we were going to stop playing and quit because one player went down, well then you haven’t been watching us for six years,” Malone said. “We’re a good team.

“We talked, as a team, that our goals still remain the same. It’ll be a little harder without Jamal Murray with all that he brings to the table.”

DIDI SIGNING

Pelicans coach Stan Van Gundy isn’t quite sure how he will work newly signed guard Didi Louzada into the rotation just yet.

“He’s a long-term play. We’re glad to have him with us,” Van Gundy explained. “We’ll get a chance to have him around and work with him.”

JOKIC PRAISE

Van Gundy thinks the closest comparison for Jokic and his style of play may be Sabonis — Arvydas, not Sabonis' son, Domantas, who plays for Indiana.

“Look, there’s really nothing the guy can’t do,” Van Gundy said of Jokic. “At his size, it’s really amazing what he does.”

UP NEXT

Pelicans: At Oklahoma City on Thursday. The Pelicans are 4-7 in the second game of a back-to-back this season.

Nuggets: Host Toronto on Thursday. The Nuggets are 5-5 in the second half of a back-to-back.

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