Nuggets beat Knicks for 6th straight, share of 1st in West
ABS-CBN Sports on Mar 23, 2019 10:48 AM
Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) goes to the basket past New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 22, 2019, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
NEW YORK (AP) — Nikola Jokic had 21 points and 17 rebounds, Jamal Murray scored 18 points, and the Denver Nuggets beat the New York Knicks 111-93 on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time) for their sixth straight victory.
Gary Harris chipped in 14 points for Denver, which moved into a tie with defending champion Golden State for first place in the Western Conference with 11 games remaining for each team.
Will Barton scored 10 of his 12 in the opening quarter as the Nuggets jumped out to a 37-18 lead.
Former Nuggets first-round pick Emmanuel Mudiay had 21 points and rookie Mitchell Robinson added 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Knicks, who have lost their last three games and 11-of-12.
Mario Hezonja's basket cut the lead to 67-59 with 5:52 left in the third quarter, but that was the closest the Knicks would get the rest of the night. Denver then broke away with a 15-3 spurt highlighted by seven points from Jokic and a layup from Monte Morris before time expired to extend the lead 82-62 heading into the fourth quarter.
Nuggets: Denver swept the season series from the Knicks. The Nuggets have beaten New York in 16 of their last 21 meetings.
Knicks: PG Frank Ntilikina played for the first time since Jan. 27 (Jan. 28, PHL time) after missing 24 games due to a sore groin. He scored five points and had five assists in 25 minutes off the bench.
Nuggets: Finish their four-game Eastern Conference road trip Sunday (Monday, PHL time) at Indiana.
Knicks: Continue their six-game homestand when they host the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday (Monday, PHL time).