DENVER (CBSLA / AP) – Nikola Jokic had 49 points, 14 rebounds and fed Aaron Gordon to a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 1.9 seconds left in overtime for his 10th assist, giving the Denver Nuggets a 130-128 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers Wednesday night.
Jokic pulled a double team, then whipped a pass across the field into the left corner. Gordon made his fourth 3 in the match to give him 28 points and Jokic his third triple-double in a row and 10th of the season.
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Nuggets reserve Devon Reed came on the floor after the Gordon basket and received a technical foul. After Luke Kennard hit the free throw, Reggie Jackson’s long 3-pointer jumped off the glass and the edge of the buzzer.
Monte Morris added 19 points, nine rebounds and nine assists as the Nuggets won for the third time in four games.
Ivica Zubac had a career high of 32 points and added 10 rebounds. Jackson had 28 points and 12 assists as the Clippers lost their second straight game to start an NBA season-high, eight-game roadtrip. The Clippers are now 22-24 on the season.
One week after blowing a 25-point lead in the third quarter from a loss in Los Angeles, the Nuggets got their revenge by keeping the Clippers without a field goal for 7 1/2 minutes in the third quarter while erasing a 15-point deficit . .
It led to a hectic finish. After Will Barton’s run layup with 26 seconds left in regulation made it a draw for the Nuggets, the Clippers could not get a shot off until the clock of 24 seconds expired. But Jokic’s fadeaway by the buzzer was a hot air balloon.
Jokic got an assist from his coach that may have kept him around until the end.
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His companion shot tied the game at 72 with 4:40 left in the third, but he immediately got a technical foul to bark at the referee under the basket. He started aiming at the official, however
Michael Malone ran onto the pitch, held back Jokic and he avoided another technician.
Jokic, who has complained that he is not getting enough foul calls for much of the season, stayed in the game and finished 14 of 16 from the foul line.
The Nuggets played hours after making official three-way trade, acquiring shooter Bryn Forbes of San Antonio. The injured players Bol Bol and PJ Dozier went to Boston in the deal.
Dozier, a career 41.3% 3-point shooter, will provide Denver with needed outdoor shooting. He could play already on Friday.
The Nuggets needed him in the second quarter as their insulted bench lay on the floor at the start of the Clippers’ 21-2 run. The sprint continued as the starters returned as Jokic missed his first six shots of the period before his team cut it to 59-47 at the break.
The Clippers frustrated Jokic last week with constant doubles. This time, Zubac went against him defensively and hit 15 out of 19 shots.
Los Angeles meets the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday, January 21st. Sixers star big man Joel Embid has scored 104 points in his last three games, 50 of which came against the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night.
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