_
_
_
_
_

Jokic scores 31, Denver Nuggets defeat Wizards 118-104 to end five-game road trip 118-104

Neither team led by more than six before halftime. Denver opened up a 21-point lead after outscoring Washington 39-16 in the third quarter

Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) drives around Washington Wizards center Kristaps Porzingis (6) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 22, 2023, in Washington.
Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) drives around Washington Wizards center Kristaps Porzingis (6) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 22, 2023, in Washington.Carolyn Kaster (AP)

Nikola Jokić had 31 points and 12 rebounds as the Denver Nuggets shook off a slow start and beat the short-handed Washington Wizards 118-104 on Wednesday night. Michael Porder Jr. added 21 points and Jamal Murray had 17 for Western Conference-leading Denver. The Nuggets closed out their five game road trip with a solid performance against the Wizard.

The Nuggets went 15 for 32 from beyond the arc and finished a season-high five-game trip with three wins. The trip began with a loss in Toronto that was the last setback in a season-worst four-game slide. Nikola Jokić led the way with 31 points, 12 rebounds, seven assists, and three steals in his 34 minutes

Kristaps Porzingis scored 25 points for the Wizards, who were without three-time All-Star guard Bradley Beal due to left knee soreness.

Deni Avdija added 16 points for Washington, which lost its fourth straight. Washington entered the game in 12th place in the East and 2 1/2 games back of Chicago for the final play-in spot.

Beal had played 31 minutes and scored 16 points in Tuesday’s 122-112 loss at Orlando. Forward Kyle Kuzma (right ankle) also missed a second straight start.

Neither team led by more than six before halftime. Denver opened up a 21-point lead after outscoring Washington 39-16 in the third quarter.

The Nuggets began the period hitting their first four shots — three from beyond the arc — and ended it with an 8-0 spurt, punctuated by Bruce Brown’s running dunk followed by Jeff Green’s corner 3 with 0.3 seconds left.

Sign up for our weekly newsletter to get more English-language news coverage from EL PAÍS USA Edition

More information

Archived In

Recomendaciones EL PAÍS
Recomendaciones EL PAÍS
_
_