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Jokic has 39 points, Nuggets beat Thunder 131-126 in OT

Jokic has 39 points, Nuggets beat Thunder 131-126 in OT

OKAHOMA CITY (AP) Nikola Jokic scored 39 points, Aaron Gordon added 30 and Bruce Brown had a triple-double to help the depleted team. Denver Nuggets last longer than Oklahoma City Thunder 131-126 in overtime Wednesday night.

Brown had 17 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists.

Playing without starters Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr., Jokic was responsible for dominating the first period, hitting all five of his shots and scoring 14 points as the Nuggets took a 17-point lead into the second.

But Isiah Joe came off the Thunder bench to hit four 3-pointers and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 15 points in the second quarter as Oklahoma City scored 42 points and trailed by six at the half. Alexander finished with 31 points and 11 assists. Joe hit 7-of-10 3-pointers to end the game with 21 points.

Lu Dort hit back-to-back 3s and rookie Jalen Williams also hit from long range to give Oklahoma City its first lead, 75-72 three minutes into the second half. The Thunder outscored the Nuggets 35-14 in the period to go ahead by 13.

But Jokic hit Gordon with a no-look pass for a layup in the final minute to tie the game and neither team could score on their final possession, sending the game into overtime. Denver scored the first five points of overtime.

ADVICES

Nuggets: Goalie. he missed the match with a left heel injury, while Murray was held out for rest. Bones Hyland, Ish Smith, Jeff Green and Payton Watson had already been ruled out, so Denver only had 10 players in uniform and only nine played as DeAndre Jordon never came off the bench.

Thunder: Aleksej Pokusevski returned to the starting lineup after missing Monday’s game against the Knicks with an ankle injury. Mike Muscala was out of uniform after suffering a broken thumb Monday against the Knicks.

NEXT

Nuggets: At Los Angeles Clippers Friday night.

Thunder: Host Chicago Friday night.

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