Jokic had 41 factors, 15 rebounds and 15 assists for his 83rd career triple-double.
DENVER — Nikola Jokic had one other monster triple-double, Aaron Gordon threw down a pivotal dunk that stood up after a overview in time beyond regulation and the Denver Nuggets rallied for a 128-125 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Sunday evening.
Jokic had 41 factors, 15 rebounds and 15 assists for his 83rd career triple-double. The two-time reigning NBA MVP had a 40-point, 27-rebound, 10-assist outing every week in the past.
“Sick,” Gordon mentioned of the statistics Jokic is posting as of late. “Those are video game numbers.”
It was the fourth 40-point, 15-rebound, 15-assist recreation in NBA historical past, in keeping with ESPN Stats & Info. He joined Oscar Robertson (1961, 1962) and James Harden (2016).
Phoenix star Devin Booker lasted solely 4:20 in his return from a groin damage, scoring two factors after getting 58 towards New Orleans in his earlier begin.
Jamal Murray tied it in regulation for Denver on a dunk with 10.7 seconds left. But it was Gordon’s OT slam that helped propel the Nuggets to the victory. At first, he was referred to as for an offensive foul, however a overview decided that Landry Shamet was shifting, awarding Gordon the basket and a free throw.
Best in-game dunk he is ever had?
“Yeah,” Gordon mentioned. “Because of the time and score.”
Jokic had a tackle the dunk, too, as a result of he was near Gordon on the play.
“I was open,” Jokic cracked.
It definitely raised the noise degree within the constructing.
“Loudest I’ve heard this place in a long time for a nonplayoff game,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone mentioned.
Phoenix had an opportunity to tie it within the closing seconds of OT, solely to throw away a cross.
The Suns, who led by 12 within the third quarter, arrange for a profitable play in regulation however Mikal Bridges was referred to as for an offensive foul after by chance operating right into a Denver participant. Bridges atoned by blocking Murray’s shot simply earlier than the buzzer.
The Nuggets improved to 2-6 in video games held on Christmas. The different win was in 1994 towards Seattle.
Shamet got here off the bench to attain 31 factors — matching his career excessive — on an evening the Suns lost Booker once more to the groin damage. Booker was simply returning to the court docket after lacking the final three video games due to groin soreness.
“I didn’t even see it,” Suns coach Monty Williams. “They came to me when I was walking the sidelines and they said, ‘Man, we’ve got to get Book.’ I looked up and he had that look on his face and I knew something had happened.”
Deandre Ayton added 22 factors and 16 rebounds as Phoenix had six gamers in double figures. Chris Paul had 17 factors and 16 assists, however missed 5 free throws.
The Suns have dropped eight of 11.
“We’ll be all proper,” Shamet mentioned. “The important thing is we’re doing the right things.”
Gordon completed with 28 factors and Murray 26.
The Nuggets led by 15 factors early within the recreation. Shamet scored 15 factors within the second quarter to assist Phoenix work its approach again into the sport.
Gordon wound up 11 of 18 from the sector and Jokic 16 of 25. Both prolonged their streaks to 23 video games of taking pictures .500 or higher from the sector, which broke the franchise document set by Nene in 2010-11.
Suns: Phoenix guard Cameron Payne (sprained proper foot) and ahead Cam Johnson (torn meniscus) went by means of a stepped-up exercise Christmas morning. Payne hasn’t performed since Dec. 13 and Johnson since Nov. 4.
Nuggets: Forward Jeff Green fractured his hand towards Portland on Friday. The workforce mentioned he can be reevaluated in 4 weeks. … Forward Michael Porter Jr. had seven factors on 3 of 11 taking pictures in his second recreation again from a heel damage.
Suns: At Memphis on Tuesday evening.
Nuggets: At Sacramento on Tuesday and Wednesday nights.
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