Published: Thu, December 06, 2018
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Jokic downs Raptors as Nuggets continue to impress

Jokic downs Raptors as Nuggets continue to impress

Gary Harris is out with a right hip injury and will not return. He came in averaging a team-high 17.3 points per game.

Denver Nuggets head coach Michael Malone hailed Nikola Jokic's "phenomenal" showing in the 106-103 beating of the Toronto Raptors and believes the giant centre still has another gear to go to. After a few back and fourth possessions, Denver was able to get back on track and ended the quarter on a 9-2 run to give them a 27-24 lead at the end of the first quarter. Jokic posted 23 points, 15 assists and 11 rebounds as his team continues a very successful route so far in the season. "We'll see how severe the injury is and hopefully we can get him back really soon, but Gary's such a big part of what we're trying to do". Harris is expected to undergo an MRI on Tuesday.

ATLANTA (AP) - Stephen Curry scored 30 points, Kevin Durant had 28 and Klay Thompson chipped in with 27 as the Golden State Warriors cruised past the Atlanta Hawks 128-111, snapping a six-game losing streak on the road.

The Warriors raced to a 34-17 lead in the first 12 minutes - Curry outscored the Hawks by himself - and the defending National Basketball Association champions won for only the fourth time in 10 games. The Raptors would battle back though with eight-straight points of their own to take a 35-33 lead with 7:18 left before half. But fouls by Ibaka and Leonard proved costly, as Jokic had three free throws to clinch the win for Denver.

Denver was definitely the better team on the night, particularly in the first half in which the Raptors were a woeful combined 3-for-22 from three-point range.

Jamal Murray added 21 points for the Nuggets, and Juancho Hernangomez and Malik Beasley had 15 each.

Paul George added 17 points for the Thunder, who are 15-3 since losing their first four games.

Blake Griffin led Detroit with 20 points.

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