Jokic’s triple-double helps Nuggets snap Raptors’ streak

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Nikola Jokic got his second triple-double of the season to help the injury-riddled Denver Nuggets overcome another key absence.

"I was just playing good", Jokic told the Nuggets website. He shot 1-for-7, missing 5 of 6 from 3-point range.

He scored 27 points in his return to the court Friday but played just nine minutes Monday while scoring three points in Denver's 106-103 win over the Raptors.

Denver's recipe for success remained the same: get the ball to Jokic and let him do his thing.

Jokic replied with a hook shot, then on Toronto's final frantic possession, Danny Green missed on two three-point attempts.

The Raptors shot a frightful 2-for-12 from three-point range in the first quarter, but still managed to keep it close. 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. They arrived in Toronto tied with the Los Angeles Clippers for first in the West. The Nuggets won their sixth straight and halted Toronto's winning streak at eight. The Nuggets led 86-78 with one quarter to play.

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Blake Griffin led Detroit with 20 points.

Kawhi Leonard scored 27 points, Serge Ibaka had 15 and Pascal Siakam added 14 for the Raptors, which shot 11 for 41 from downtown. Beginning of the game, end of the game, they made some tough ones.

The Raptors clawed back and a big dunk by Ibaka tied it up at 94-94 with 4:40 to play.

The Nuggets led by as many as 12 points, but the Raptors had reduced the deficit to one point on a 3-pointer by CJ Miles with 7:59 remaining in the fourth quarter. The two-handed toss flew toward the rim as Jokic's eyes went toward the sideline. Leonard tied the game on a fadeaway jumper with seven seconds left.

A missed free throw by Juancho Hernangomez with 12 seconds left gave Toronto one last gasp, setting up Leonard's game-tying basket.

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