Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray lift the Nuggets beyond ‘scary’ jazz – The Denver Post


The Jazz limped into Ball Arena on Saturday night with an injured unit, with injuries to key players and pitting after a 118-108 home loss to Minnesota on Friday night.

“These teams scare me,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. “This game will test our maturity.”

And Denver’s frequent matador defense. Ole!

Sure enough, the Jazz pushed the Nuggets to the limit before Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic – both Denver veterans – carried the Nuggets to a 115-110 win.

Jokic had a triple-double – 31 points, 12 rebounds and 14 assists – and his perfect pass to Bruce Brown for a slam with 1:19 left was the key bucket of the game. It was Jokic’s fourth triple-double this season and the 80th of his career.

Murray, who scored 30 points, drained two free throws late to clinch the win.

Malone, who worked the game with a back injury that forced him into the locker room during the first quarter, had good reason to be nervous.

Utah played without guards Mike Conley, Collin Sexton and Jordan Clarkson, as well as forward Lauri Markkanen, but five Jazz players scored in double figures, led by Nickeil Alexander-Walker’s 27 points.


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