Jokic downs Raptors as Nuggets continue to impress

Rex Christensen
December 6, 2018

Denver Nuggets 7-foot center Nikola Jokic made a deep 3-pointer without looking against the Toronto Raptors, but the shot didn't count.

"To beat the number one team in the East means a lot to us", Jokic told ESPN.

Jokic made it 104-103 with a free throw with 7.0 seconds left, then hit two more foul shots with 5.6 seconds remaining before Lowry bounced a 7.9-meter jumper off the rim.

Taking a double-digit lead into the second half, the Nuggets had an opportunity to pick up a big time road win, while also picking up their sixth-straight win in the process. "There's nothing that he can't do except jump", Murray said with a laugh. "He passes, rebounds, handles the ball". "He just seemed to handle it".

"What I love about Nikola and our team is that even though he's not playing maybe the best he's capable of we're still finding ways to win, still relying on defence, and he's finding ways to impact the team other ways than shooting and that's the sign of a good team". Serge Ibaka added 15 points, Pascal Siakam had 14 and Kyle Lowry had five points and 11 assists.

Harris scored three points in the opening quarter but did not play after the first because of a sore right hip.

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Steph Curry, recently back from an injury layoff, had 30 points as the Golden State Warriors beat the Atlanta Hawks 128-111. Juancho Hernangomez missed one of two free throws with 12 seconds left to give Toronto one last gasp, and Leonard scored with seven seconds left to tie the game.

The Toronto Raptors' eight-game winning streak came to an end at the hands of Canadian Jamal Murray and the Denver Nuggets on Monday.

Paul George added 17 points for the Thunder, who are 15-3 since losing their first four games.

With Jokic on his way to his second triple-double of the year, the Nuggets were able to maintain a fairly big lead for most of the third quarter before a quick spurt from Toronto cut the lead to 75-70 with 4:20 remaining in the period.

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