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Jokic’s triple-double helps Nuggets sink Blazers, 127-112

The Columbian
Published: February 23, 2024, 9:53pm
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Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic, center, drives to the basket against Portland Trail Blazers forward Jerami Grant, left, and center Deandre Ayton, front right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Friday, Feb. 23, 2024.
Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic, center, drives to the basket against Portland Trail Blazers forward Jerami Grant, left, and center Deandre Ayton, front right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Friday, Feb. 23, 2024. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes) Photo Gallery

PORTLAND — Nikola Jokic had 29 points, 15 rebounds and 14 assists for his 17th triple-double of the season, Michael Porter scored 34 points and had 12 rebounds and the Denver Nuggets defeated the Portland Trail Blazers 127-112 on Friday night.

Collin Gillespie made all four of his 3-point attempts off the bench for the Nuggets and finished with 18 points.

Jerami Grant scored 25 points for the Trail Blazers. Deandre Ayton added 22 points and Anfernee Simons had 21.

Portland led by 5 points in the opening minutes, but Denver controlled it most of the way thanks to a sizable shooting disparity. The Nuggets shot 57.3% from the field to the Blazers’ 44.3% and outrebounded Portland 43-31.

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Trail Blazers are home against the Charlotte Hornets on Sunday.

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NUGGETS 127, BLAZERS 112

DENVER (127) — Gordon 4-5 0-2 8, Porter Jr. 13-21 3-3 34, Jokic 12-17 4-5 29, Caldwell-Pope 2-5 4-5 9, Jackson 4-10 0-0 9, Key 0-0 0-0 0, Nnaji 3-4 0-0 6, Holiday 0-1 0-0 0, Huff 0-1 0-0 0, Braun 1-5 1-2 3, Gillespie 7-9 0-1 18, Pickett 0-1 1-2 1, Strawther 1-1 0-0 2, Watson 3-5 1-2 8. Totals 50-85 14-22 127.

PORTLAND (112) — Camara 3-7 0-0 6, Grant 9-21 4-7 25, Ayton 11-17 0-0 22, K.Murray 4-10 1-2 9, Simons 8-15 2-2 21, Banton 5-9 3-4 14, Minaya 0-1 0-0 0, Walker 1-5 0-0 2, Thybulle 1-5 0-0 3, Reath 3-10 2-3 8, Hagans 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 46-101 12-18 112.

Denver 25 38 32 32—127

Portland 20 28 29 35—112

3-Point Goals—Denver 13-33 (Porter Jr. 5-10, Gillespie 4-4, Watson 1-2, Caldwell-Pope 1-3, Jokic 1-3, Jackson 1-5, Gordon 0-1, Holiday 0-1, Huff 0-1, Pickett 0-1, Braun 0-2), Portland 8-25 (Grant 3-6, Simons 3-6, Thybulle 1-2, Banton 1-3, Camara 0-1, Reath 0-3, K.Murray 0-4). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—Denver 45 (Jokic 15), Portland 45 (Ayton 10). Assists—Denver 38 (Jokic 14), Portland 25 (Simons 8). Total Fouls—Denver 17, Portland 17. A—18,898 (19,393)

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