Friday, 14 December, 2018

Jamal Murray leads Denver to 106-103 win over Toronto Raptors

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Cary Erickson | 06 December, 2018, 11:50

"He's frustrated, just coming back from injury, not being able to come back tonight, he's a big loss".

Nikola Jokic had 23 points to top the Nuggets (16-7), who lost starting guard Gary Harris in the first half to a hip injury.

"To beat the number one team in the East means a lot to us", Jokic told ESPN.

Jokic chalked up a triple-double of 23 points, 15 assists and 11 rebounds as the Nuggets snapped the Raptors' eight-game winning streak and stretched their own to six. The play from Murray, Jokic, and the team as whole was big in the Nuggets shooting 24-of-48 from the field in the first half. "He passes, rebounds, handles the ball". We'll see how severe the injury is, and hopefully we can get him back really soon. "He just seemed to handle it. I was shooting the ball and just trying to win".

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Kawhi Leonard had 27 points for Toronto (20-5), while Serge Ibaka had 15, Pascal Siakam chipped in with 14, Kyle Lowry had 11 assists and Jonas Valanciunas hauled down 10 rebounds. Harris is expected to undergo an MRI on Tuesday before the Nuggets leave Toronto for Orlando, where they play Wednesday.

Steph Curry, recently back from an injury layoff, had 30 points as the Golden State Warriors beat the Atlanta Hawks 128-111.

In New Orleans, Tobias Harris made two clutch free throws with 4.7 seconds left to close out a 27-point performance, and Los Angeles held off the Pelicans. Torrey Craig's three late in the quarter gave the Nuggets a double-digit lead, then Murray had a running dunk off a Craig steal to send Denver into halftime with a 59-47 lead. Both teams scored very effectively in the opening minutes of the first as the Nuggets started the game offensively with a Juancho Hernangomez 3-pointer and followed that up by drilling seven of their first 13 shots.

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