Nikola Jokic posts 107th career triple-double as Nuggets beat Jazz 110-102 for 4th straight win
Mon, Oct 30, 2023
NBA News (AP)
DENVER (AP) - Nikola Jokic had 27 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds for his second triple-double of the season, Jamal Murray added 18 points and 14 assists, and the Denver Nuggets continued their strong start to the season with a 110-102 win over the Utah Jazz on Monday night.
Jokic is tied with LeBron James and Jason Kidd with 107 career triple-doubles.
Aaron Gordon scored 21 points, most on thunderous dunks, as Denver extended its season-opening winning streak to four games. It is the Nuggets' first 4-0 start since 2018 and the sixth in franchise history. The 1976-77 team's 8-0 start is the best in club history.
Lauri Markkanen had 27 points and 14 rebounds, Walker Kessler added 22 points and 13 rebounds, and Talen Horton-Tucker scored 16 points for Utah.
Denver has trailed for just four-and-a-half minutes this season. The Jazz led 3-2 for 16 seconds before the Nuggets grabbed the lead for good on a layup by Gordon.
The Nuggets led by 17 points early in the second half before the Jazz went on a run and closed within 73-65 late in the third quarter. Collin Sexton hit two 3-pointers to cut it to 85-80 against Denver's reserves early in the fourth, but after a timeout coach Michael Malone went back to his stars.
Jokic hit a hook shot, fed Gordon for an easy dunk and then Gordon followed Christian Braun's miss with another slam to make it an 11-point game, and the Nuggets closed it out.
Jazz: Host the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night.
Nuggets: At the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night.
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