Nikola Jokic’s Triple-Double Powers Nuggets Past Knicks

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DENVER — Nikola Jokic had 19 points, 14 rebounds and 15 assists, including a late no-look pass to wrap things up, as the Denver Nuggets rolled by the Knicks, 115-108, on Tuesday night for their ninth straight home victory.

Malik Beasley, a Denver reserve, added a career-high 23 points for the Western Conference-leading Nuggets, who have beaten the Knicks 11 straight times at the Pepsi Center. It was far from easy, however, with the Nuggets needing a big 3-pointer from Jokic with 2 minutes 55 seconds remaining to finally gain some separation. The struggling Knicks have lost eight in a row.

Luke Kornet led the Knicks with 19 points, while reserve Enes Kanter scored 17 points and grabbed 12 points. Kanter, who had previously accepted his bench role, has recently begun voicing displeasure with the situation.

Tuesday night, though, was the Jokic show, with the 7-footer posting his third triple-double of the season. Jokic did a little bit of everything, including a heads-up play with 1:21 left and Denver leading by 111-105. He grabbed a rebound and threw it off the back of Tim Hardaway Jr. as he was falling out of bounds. Later, Jokic delivered a no-look pass to Beasley to seal the victory.

The Nuggets are steadily getting back to health. They had Gary Harris back after he missed 11 games with a hip injury. Over the weekend, Paul Millsap returned to the court from a broken toe. Millsap had 16 points against the Knicks.

Before the game, Nuggets coach Michael Malone voiced his concern over Denver’s defensive intensity of late. The Nuggets tightened things up in the second half after falling behind by as many as 10 points in the second quarter.

Knicks guard Emmanuel Mudiay scored 15 points against the team that selected him seventh overall in the 2015 draft. The Nuggets dealt him to the Knicks last February.

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