Nikola Jokic put up another HUGE triple-double as the Denver Nuggets beat the Suns in overtime… while Phoenix star Devin Booker will last just four minutes in his return from a groin injury.
- The Denver Nuggets beat the Phoenix Suns 128-125 in overtime on Sunday night
- Nikola Jokic posted a triple-double, with 41 points, 15 rebounds and 15 assists.
- Aaron Gordon threw down a pivotal dunk that stood up after the overtime review
- While Phoenix star Devin Booker lasted just 4:20 in his return from a groin injury
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Nikola Jokic had another monster triple-double, Aaron Gordon threw down a pivotal dunk that stood up after an overtime review and the Denver Nuggets rallied for a 128-125 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Sunday. night
Jokic had 41 points, 15 rebounds and 15 assists for his 83rd career triple-double. The two-time reigning NBA MVP had a 40-point, 27-rebound, 10-assist outing a week ago.
Phoenix star Devin Booker lasted just 4:20 in his return from a groin injury, scoring two points after scoring 58 against New Orleans in his previous start.
Nikola Jokic had another monster triple-double as the Nuggets beat the Suns in overtime
Jokic had 41 points, 15 rebounds and 15 assists for his 83rd career triple-double on Sunday.
Jamal Murray tied it in regulation for Denver on a dunk with 10.7 seconds left. But Gordon’s overtime dunk propelled the Nuggets to the win. He was initially called for an offensive foul, but a review determined that Landry Shamet was moving, awarding Gordon the basket and a free throw.
Phoenix had a chance to tie it in the final seconds of overtime, only to throw a bruise.
The Suns, who led by 12 in the third quarter, set up for a game-winning run in regulation but Mikal Bridges was called for an offensive foul after accidentally running into a Denver player. Bridges redeemed himself by blocking Murray’s shot before the buzzer.
Aaron Gordon (No 50) threw down a pivotal dunk that stood up after a review in overtime
The Nuggets improved to 2-6 in games played on Christmas. The other win was in 1994 against Seattle.
Shamet came off the bench to score 31 points – matching his career high – on a night when the Suns lost Booker again to a groin injury. Booker just returned to the court after missing the last three games with a sore groin.
Deandre Ayton added 22 points and 16 rebounds as Phoenix had six players in double figures. Chris Paul had 17 points and 16 assists, but missed five free throws.
Gordon finished with 28 points and Murray had 26.
Phoenix star Devin Booker lasted just 4:20 in his return from a groin injury
Booker, dressed in black, sat on the bench next to forward Torrey Craig in the first half
The Nuggets led by 15 points early in the game. Shamet scored 15 points in the second quarter to help Phoenix get back into the game.
Gordon finished 11 of 18 from the field and Jokic 16 of 25. Both extended their streaks to 23 games shooting .500 or better from the field, breaking the franchise record set by Nene in 2010 -11.
This is the first of four meetings between the two teams. The Suns went 2-1 against Denver last season.