Nikola Jokic had 19 factors and 11 rebounds in simply three quarters to guide the Denver Nuggets previous the Toronto Raptors 121-111 on Thursday night time.
Denver improved to 8-1 since Jamal Murray went down with a torn ACL in his left knee on April 12. The Nuggets additionally misplaced guards Monte Morris and Will Barton to hamstring accidents, however each are anticipated to return this season.
With out its beginning backcourt, Denver has relied on reserves Facu Campazzo, P.J. Dozier and Shaquille Harrison, a two-way participant getting an opportunity to make an impression. He did Thursday with a season-high 11 factors, and Campazzo adopted up his first double-double on Wednesday night time with 12 factors.
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Jokic’s double-double was his 53rd of the season.
OG Anunoby scored 25 factors for the Raptors, Kyle Lowry had 20, and Malachi Flynn, who began instead of injured Fred VanVleet (hip), pitched in with 16.
The Nuggets led by six within the second quarter and once more late within the third, however Toronto rallied each occasions to tie it. It was 87-85 after three quarters. Denver scored the primary 12 factors of the fourth and held the Raptors to only a pair of 3-pointers by Lowry within the first 5:40 of the fourth.
Lowry’s flagrant foul on P.J. Dozier led to a six-point possession for Denver and a 21-point lead.
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