Jokic makes go-ahead 3-pointer, Nuggets top Warriors 115-108
ABS-CBN Sports on Feb 04, 2018 12:48 PM
Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic, left, tries to move the ball as Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry defends in the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
By Michael Kelly, Associated Press
DENVER (AP) — Nikola Jokic scored 19 points, including a go-ahead 3-pointer with 2:10 left, and added nine rebounds as the Denver Nuggets beat the Golden State Warriors 115-108 on Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time).
Will Barton had 25 points and Gary Harris 16 for the Nuggets, who split the four games with Golden State this season. Denver rallied from 12 down in the second half to hand the Warriors their second loss in three games.
Kevin Durant scored 31 points and Stephen Curry had 24 for Golden State.
Denver got a scare when Jamal Murray left the game with a right leg injury after he collided with Draymond Green on a drive into the lane less than a minute in. He went to the locker room and came back to the bench with his right thigh heavily wrapped.
Murray played 28 minutes and had 12 of his 15 points after halftime.
Durant, who didn't attempt a shot in the first quarter, was 12-of-16 from the field the rest of the game. He had nine points in the fourth when Golden State appeared to take control, but Denver rallied to take a 102-99 lead on Barton's three-pointer.
With the game tied at 104, Harris misfired on a dunk but the ball went to Jokic in the corner, and he drained a three-pointer to give Denver the lead.
After Curry missed a 26-footer, Jokic hit two free throws to make it 109-104 and Denver closed it out.
Warriors: F David West (personal reasons) and Jordan Bell (left ankle) were out of the lineup. ... G Shaun Livingston returned after missing Friday's (Saturday, PHL time) game for personal reasons. ... C JaVale McGee had five fouls in 6:15 but also finished with a game-high four blocks.
Nuggets: F Mason Plumlee missed his third straight game with a right calf strain. ... F Wilson Chandler did not take part in the morning shootaround due to illness but was in the starting lineup and had five points in 23 minutes. ... The announced crowd of 20,103 is the largest for a Nuggets game in Pepsi Center history.
Warriors: Host the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time).
Nuggets: Host the Charlotte Hornets on Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time).