ATLANTA (AP) – Nikola Jokic scored a career-high 47 factors, Will Barton added a season-best 28 and the Denver Nuggets held off the Atlanta Hawks 123-115 on Monday night time.
The Nuggets, coming off a shocking loss at Washington two nights earlier, have gained 4 of six to enhance to 25-11, second-best within the Western Convention. Atlanta, worst within the NBA at 8-29, has dropped 11 of 13.
Trae Younger completed with 29 factors and Kevin Huerter had 22 for the Hawks.
Jokic surpassed his earlier profession excessive of 41 factors with a putback that gave Denver a 114-109 lead with 3:14 remaining. Jamal Murray adopted with a turnaround jumper within the lane and Barton put again his personal miss to place the Nuggets up 118-109 on the 1:57 mark.
That basically ended all hopes for the Hawks, however it wasn’t fully simple for Denver.
After John Collins’ dunk minimize the result in 91-88 simply 22 seconds into the fourth quarter, Nuggets coach Michael Malone referred to as a timeout. However then Monte Morris adopted with a runner and Michael Porter Jr. jammed in a putback to make it 95-88.
The Hawks minimize the margin to 1 earlier than Barton discovered Morris for an alley-oop and hit a 3-pointer to make it 106-100 with 6:54 remaining. Atlanta pulled inside two on Younger’s 35-footer with 4:24 remaining, and Malone referred to as one other timeout. The transfer labored because the Hawks made simply three subject targets the remainder of the best way.
Huerter’s second straight Three minimize the result in two on the 6:07 mark of the third, and Malone referred to as a timeout. Jokic shortly adopted with a jumper, then stole the ball within the lane from Alex Len to arrange Murray’s two free throws.
Jerami Grant’s three-point play made it 36-34 on the 9:37 mark of the second, and the Nuggets didn’t path once more. About three minutes later, Grant rebounded a missed Hawks shot and drove for a layup that gave Denver its first double-digit lead.
Murray’s layup within the ultimate second put the Nuggets up by 9 at halftime.
Nuggets: Murray and Barton each returned after overcoming minor accidents that brought on them to depart within the third. Murray, who completed with 16 factors after scoring a season-high 39 at Washington, knelt down earlier than slowly strolling off the ground after getting snarled on Len’s onerous display. Barton’s proper knee knocked in opposition to De’Andre Hunter’s knee early within the third. … Murray missed a free throw within the third, ending a streak of 37 straight makes from the foul line. … It was Barton’s 29th birthday. … Denver outrebounded the Hawks 40-34 and has gained 12 straight and 17 of 19 when main on the boards. … The Nuggets are 7-Four in video games determined by 10 factors or much less.
Hawks: F Vince Carter, a 42-year-old in his ultimate season, jumped within the lane to dam Gary Harris’ dunk try out of bounds halfway by the fourth. … F Jabari Parker, the workforce’s third-leading scorer, missed his fourth straight sport with a proper shoulder impingement.
Jokic’s earlier profession excessive was set Nov. 7, 2017, at house in opposition to Brooklyn. His earlier season excessive, 31, got here at house 9 days in the past in opposition to Memphis.
The Nuggets misplaced 125-121 to the Hawks at house in mid-November as Younger had 42 factors and 11 assists. Denver had dropped 9 of 11 in Atlanta.
Nuggets: On the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday.
Hawks: Host the Houston Rockets on Wednesday.
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