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Jokic’s 26 points and 22 rebounds helped Nuggets defeat Clippers

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nikola Jokic kept the Denver Nuggets from blowing another game with a history-making performance.He had 26 points and 22 rebounds, rallying Denver past the Los Angeles Clippers 103-100 on Sunday night after the Nuggets wasted a 17-point lead.Jokic also had eight assists, becoming the first player to record 25-plus points, 20-plus…

LOS ANGELES, (AP) — Nikola Jokic prevented the Denver Nuggets losing another game with a historic performance.

He had 26 points and 22 rebounds, rallying Denver past the Los Angeles Clippers 103-100 on Sunday night after the Nuggets wasted a 17-point lead.

Jokic also had eight assists, becoming the first player to record 25-plus points, 20-plus rebounds and five-plus assists in consecutive games since Charles Barkley in 1988.

The Nuggets led by 19 points against Charlotte in their previous game at home and lost just before Christmas. It was a difficult holiday at Michael Malone’s home.

” I wasn’t very fun to be around. He said, “I was a bit of a scrooge.” “I apologized to my wife, my daughters and my dogs.”

Jokic had 29 points, 21 rebounds and five assists in the Charlotte defeat. It looked like the Nuggets might give away another one on Sunday.

Luke Kennard nearly made it happen. He came off the bench from foul trouble and hit a 3-pointer from the right corner with 19 seconds remaining that got the Clippers to 101-100.

” “It was a little bit more of an adventure at the end,” Malone stated.

Jokic tried to catch an inbounds ball when Eric Bledsoe fouled him, sending them both into the Clippers bench. Jokic made both free shots to increase the Nuggets’ lead by three.

Brandon Boston Jr. was the Clippers’ last shot under intense pressure from Davon Reed. However, his potential tie-breaking 3-pointer was missed at the buzzer. Reed just signed a second 10-day contract with Denver.

Boston and Bledsoe led the Clippers with 18 points apiece. Bledsoe had 10 assists. Ivica Zubac had 17 points and 11 rebounds.

The Clippers were without Paul George. He is currently sidelined for at least a month due to an ulnar collateral ligament injury in his right elbow. They lost their fourth game in five.

” We’re missing out on our best closer,” Terancemann said. “We were close to winning the game .”

After scoring five points in the first, Jokic scored nine points in the fourth and pulled down seven rebounds.

Will Barton added 17 points for Denver, which snapped a two-game skid.

” We needed this one,” Malone stated. “We responded in the right way, getting stops and sharing the ball .”

Jokic helped tie the game at 93- all in the fourth. After scoring on a hook shot, he hit a pair free throws and fed Barton the tie jumper. Jokic’s 3-pointer gave Denver its first

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