Gary Harris scores 36 points, Nuggets beat Suns 134-111

ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 04, 2018 12:45 PM
Gary Harris scores 36 points, Nuggets beat Suns 134-111
Denver Nuggets guard Gary Harris, center, goes up for a basket between Phoenix Suns guard Troy Daniels, left, and forward Dragan Bender, of Croatia, in the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

By Brent W. New, Associated Press

DENVER (AP) — Gary Harris scored 28 of his 36 points in the first half and the Denver Nuggets used a big third quarter to beat the Phoenix Suns 134-111 on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time).

Harris tied his career-high in points, finishing 14-of-17 from the field. Nikola Jokic added 14 points, nine rebounds and eight assists to help the Nuggets snap a two-game slide and improve to 13-4 at home this season.

Wilson Chandler added 17 points, Trey Lyles had 16, and Jamal Murray had 13.

Denver used a 37-18 third quarter to take control.

Devin Booker led Phoenix with 17 points and Greg Monroe filled in for starting center Tyson Chandler and had 16 points and 10 rebounds. Marquese Chriss added 16 points, Josh Jackson 14 and TJ Warren 13.

The Suns had some issues getting to Denver after their 104-103 comeback victory over the Atlanta Hawks in Phoenix on Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time). Waiting at Sky Harbor International Airport until 2 a.m., the Suns were finally sent home as mechanical problems delayed their flight until noon.

When they finally arrived at the Pepsi Center, a red-hot Harris welcomed them.

Harris hit his first eight shots and finished the opening quarter 9-of-10 from the field. He had 20 points in the first 10:34, including a nifty reverse layup that fooled two defenders. His driving layup late in the quarter put the Nuggets up 34-22.

The Suns responded, though, outscoring Denver 45-27 in the final 13:09 of the half. They shot 16-of-21 from the field in the second and led 67-61 at the break.

Denver took over after that, as the Suns hit only 5 of their first 28 shots in the third.

TIP-INS

Suns: C Tyson Chandler (rest) sat out, while Monroe got the start for his first game action since Dec. 21 (Dec. 22, PHL time). ... Jackson, the Suns’ first-round draft pick,  logged 24 minutes after not playing for the first time this season Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time).

Nuggets: Chandler blocked Warren at the basket in the final seconds of the first half and Jokic picked it up and heaved a full-court pass to Harris, who tapped in a layup at the buzzer. Harris finished the half 12-of-13 from the field. ... SG Will Barton played despite illness and 12 points. . PF Juancho Hernangomez (coach’s decision) missed his fourth straight game. The 22-year-old Spaniard has logged only three minutes of playing time in the team’s last nine games. ... Broncos general manager John Elway sat courtside. ... PF Kenneth Faried had four points and two rebounds in his first action since Dec. 15 (Dec. 16, PHL time).

UP NEXT

Suns: At San Antonio on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time).

Nuggets: Host Utah on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time).

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