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NBA: Nuggets flip again Thunder’s comeback bid

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Tre Mann #23 of the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder goes to the basket in opposition to Nikola Jokic #15 of the Denver Nuggets within the fourth quarter at Ball Area on March 02, 2022 in Denver, Colorado. Matthew Stockman/Getty Pictures/AFP

Nikola Jokic had 35 factors, 12 rebounds and eight assists, Aaron Gordon added 20 factors and 9 rebounds, and the host Denver Nuggets beat the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder 113-107 on Saturday evening.

Will Barton scored 18 factors for the Nuggets (44-31), who earned a cut up of the four-game season sequence with Oklahoma Metropolis.

Theo Maledon scored 20 factors, Aleksej Pokusevski completed with 17, Tre Mann added 15, Lindy Waters III 14, Isaiah Roby 12 and Aaron Wiggins 10 for the Thunder (21-53).

Oklahoma Metropolis tied it at 97 on Maledon’s financial institution shot halfway by the fourth, and Pokusevski scored on a goaltending name with 2:51 left to place the Thunder in entrance 105-103.

Jokic’s floater and two Gordon free throws put Denver again in entrance, and Monte Morris hit a 3-pointer with 47.8 seconds left to make it 110-105.

Maledon made two free throws, however Jokic’s three-point play with 23.3 seconds left sealed the win.

Denver took the lead early within the first quarter and went forward by as a lot as 9 earlier than taking a 32-25 benefit into the second quarter.

The Nuggets went on an 8-0 run on their technique to pushing their result in 58-42 with 1:08 left within the second quarter. Nonetheless, Pokusevski hit a 3-pointer and Mann was fouled whereas sinking one other 3-pointer and hit the free throw for a fast seven factors to finish the half.

Oklahoma Metropolis went on an 11-2 run early within the third quarter to tug inside 62-60, however Denver responded. Jokic transformed a three-point play, Barton made a coast-to-coast layup and Gordon hit a 3-pointer to stretch the result in eight.

Later within the quarter Jeff Inexperienced’s putback tip made it 76-66, and the Nuggets went forward 85-70 on a floater by Jokic. They led 87-76 heading into the fourth.

Bones Hyland began the ultimate quarter with two free throws for the Nuggets, however the Thunder rallied. Wiggins, Pokusevski and Mann hit 3-pointers in lower than two minutes to chop the deficit to 91-88 and immediate a Denver timeout. The Nuggets went again up by 5, establishing the shut end.


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