Nikola Jokic scored 27 factors on 13-of-16 capturing from the ground and dished out 11 assists to steer the Denver Nuggets to their sixth straight win, a 134-119 rout of the visiting Detroit Pistons on Tuesday.
Denver remained one of many NBA’s hottest groups, incomes its fifteenth victory prior to now 18 video games.
The Nuggets took management early, closing the primary quarter on a 9-0 run that proved decisive. The burst carried over into the second interval, in the end extending to 14-0 earlier than the Pistons ended a 4:15 scoring drought.
The Nuggets dominated the second quarter with a 37-point eruption and took a 20-point lead into halftime. Denver prolonged its benefit to twenty-eight factors within the third quarter.
Michael Porter Jr. and Will Barton scored 25 and 24 factors, respectively, for Denver. Paul Millsap added 12 factors, and Monte Morris chipped in 10 factors.
Jokic grabbed eight rebounds and Porter had seven to contribute to the Nuggets’ 44-30 benefit on the glass. Barton pulled in six rebounds, handed out 4 assists and made two steals.
Porter and Barton each knocked down three 3-pointers because the Nuggets made 14 of 31 as a crew from past the arc. Denver shot 59.6 p.c from the ground general.
Jerami Grant led Detroit in his return to Denver, the place he performed within the 2019-20 season, posting 29 factors, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Saddiq Bey, who completed with 25 factors, shot 6 of 12 from 3-point vary to steer Detroit’s 15-of-35 capturing from exterior.
Frank Jackson got here off the bench to attain 11 factors for the Pistons, who’ve alternated losses and wins over the previous seven video games.
The Pistons’ efficient 3-point capturing was not sufficient to fight the Nuggets’ dominance on the inside. Denver outscored Detroit 62-48 within the paint.
Along with Jokic’s 11 assists, Nuggets reserves PJ Dozier and Facundo Campazzo contributed 5 apiece.
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