DENVER (AP) — Jamal Murray tossed the ball at Michael Malone in delicate disgust. Will Barton suggested Nikola Jokic to catch scoring until he reached 50 points.
Jokic’s teammates wished him to reach the imprint rather more than he did. He was once factual overjoyed Denver ended Utah’s 11-sport winning streak.
“Optimistically, I’m going to rating when we desire it. It’s factual a sport,” Jokic acknowledged. “The vital element is factual eliminate the game. I’m going to rating on the other hand vital I need factual to eliminate the game.”
Jokic matched his profession high with 47 points and the rapidly-starting Nuggets beat the Jazz 128-117 on Sunday to end the NBA’s longest winning streak of the season.
Jokic was once 17 for 26 from the discipline, hit all four of his 3-point attempts, made 9 of 10 free throws and had 12 rebounds and five assists. He scored 33 points within the first half of.
With the game in hand he went to the bench, unconcerned he was once three points from hitting 50.
“I suggested him about a minutes earlier than glide safe 50 however you admire him, he don’t care about that form of stuff,” Barton acknowledged. “He’s factual enjoying basketball, being aggressive, being who he is. We positively wished the extensive fella to safe 5-0 tonight.”
Barton added 18 points, and Murray had 16 to abet the Nuggets eliminate for the sixth time in seven video games.
Utah misplaced for the first time since Jan. 6 at New York. Bojan Bogdanovic led the Jazz with 29 points, and Donovan Mitchell had 13 in 31 minutes after missing two video games whereas in concussion protocol.
Denver hit all eight of its 3-point attempts and shot 80% within the first quarter. The Nuggets saved it going within the 2d, going 13 of 24 from the discipline and finishing 15 of 17 from lengthy differ within the first half of to eliminate a 79-54 halftime lead.
“We didn’t play our splendid, that’s what hurts, particularly the contrivance we performed the final two video games in opposition to Dallas,” Mitchell acknowledged. “To have that performance and they approach out and they shoot 15 of 17, that’s what hurts presumably the most.”
The lead was once 86-58 with 8: 11 left within the third quarter when Utah made a enormous bustle. The Jazz hit eight 3-pointers and outscored Denver by 18 to safe to 99-91.
“We nick the result in single digits however you give your self a now not easy hill to climb and a little margin of error and you would possibly want to be nearly ultimate,” coach Quin Snyder acknowledged.
JaMychal Inexperienced had all 9 of his points within the fourth quarter when the Nuggets obtained the lead abet to 20. Jokic matched his profession high with a layup with 2: 05 left and took a seat with 1: 39 final to the disappointment of his teammates.
“I’m oblivious. I manufacture now not have any idea at that point Nikola has 47,” Denver coach Michael Malone acknowledged. “Jamal was once form of breaking my chops about that and I fancy the truth that he’s all in favour of his teammate.”
Jazz: Derrick Favors had seven points and 6 rebounds in his return. He overlooked the previous two video games due to the soreness in his lower abet. … Utah outscored every opponent however one by double digits for the duration of the 11-sport winning streak. The most fascinating terminate sport was once a 109-105 victory over Denver on Jan. 17. … The winning streak was once the crew’s longest since a 12-gamer Feb. 11-Mar. 10, 2009. The franchise document is 15 in 1996.
Nuggets: G Gary Harris (left adductor stress) didn’t play after the first quarter. He didn’t attempt a shot in 8: 45 of courtroom time. … Station season highs with the 43-point first quarter and 79-point half of.
Mitchell shot factual 3 of 12 from the discipline within the loss however acknowledged he had no points with the concussion that saved him out of the previous two video games.
“They started blasting tune loud as hell at the open up of the game so I possess I’m lovely,” he acknowledged. “I in actual fact feel appropriate, factual attempting to safe my rhythm abet. That’s the greatest element, however no exact effects at all.”
Jazz: Host Detroit on Tuesday evening.
Nuggets: Host Detroit on Monday evening.