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Jokic posts double-double as Nuggets beat Hawks 105-100

ATLANTA (AP) Denver paid big money to pry Paul Millsap from Atlanta because the Nuggets knew he'd be a trustworthy scorer in the clutch.

Millsap provided a perfectly timed reminder in his Atlanta homecoming.

Millsap scored seven of his 16 points in the fourth quarter, Nikola Jokic recorded a double-double with 18 points and 15 rebounds, and Denver beat Atlanta 105-100 on Friday night in the Hawks' home opener.

''When the game is in the balance in that fourth quarter, that's what your $30 million-a-year man has to do,'' Denver coach Michael Malone said of Millsap. ''This guy steps up and makes plays.''

Millsap was a four-time All-Star for the Hawks before signing a three-year, $90 million deal with Denver.

Millsap helped Denver protect a close lead by scoring on layups in back-to-back possessions with less than 4 minutes remaining. He added another basket and free throw as Denver blocked Atlanta's comeback attempt.

Following the game, Hawks forward Taurean Prince hugged Millsap and told him he appreciated Millsap's help in his career.

''I almost broke down in tears,'' Millsap said. ''It means a lot.

''I had a lot of memories. It's a great city. There's a lot of great people here.''

The Hawks gave Millsap a video tribute during a first-quarter timeout. Millsap smiled and waved to cheering fans.

''He's a great player,'' Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said after the game. ''A ton of respect for him and what he does. He makes winning plays.''

Will Barton and Gary Harris each scored 18 points and Emmanuel Mudiay had 16 for Denver (2-3). It was the Nuggets' first win in Atlanta in six years.

Jokic, the third-year center from Serbia, helped Denver overcome Atlanta's 14 3-pointers.

Dennis Schroder, back in the lineup after missing two games with a sprained left ankle, led Atlanta with 20 points. Schroder's steal and layup cut Denver's lead to 101-98 with 1:22 remaining. Jokic answered with a jumper.

Prince had 19 points and Dewayne Dedmon had 13 points and 10 rebounds for Atlanta.

TIP-INS

Nuggets: Denver's last win in Atlanta was March 16, 2011. ... Malone said he didn't worry about Millsap controlling his emotions in his Atlanta homecoming. ''I respect Paul's experiences and his maturity as a veteran,'' Malone said. ''He knows how to hold his own emotions.'' ... Jamal Murray was initially credited with making a 3-pointer from the corner before the buzzer sounded to end the first quarter. Following a video review, officials ruled time expired before the shot. ... Jokic has recorded double-doubles in back-to-back games, his first two of the season.

Hawks: Marco Belinelli made five 3s for 15 points. ... A huge ''Coming Soon'' banner covered what was a wall of luxury suites as the $192.5 million renovation of Philips Arena, which began this offseason, is scheduled to be completed following the season. Capacity is down from 18,047 to 15,711 for this season. ... The scoreboards did not work for much of the third quarter. ... Ersan Ilyasova had seven points after missing two games with a left knee strain.

STREAKING

The Hawks (1-5) have lost five straight since opening the season with a win at Dallas.

''We're battling,'' said Kent Bazemore, who had seven points. ''It's tough. ... The guys are fighting, trying to make the right plays, and we're growing. That's the encouraging thing.''

SECOND-CHANCE POINTS

The Hawks made 8 of 17 3-point attempts in the first half and 14 of 33 for the game. The Nuggets made only 4 of 20 from 3.

Denver countered with a 16-8 advantage in second-chance points in the first half and a 24-13 advantage for the game.

UP NEXT

Nuggets: Visit the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday night as Denver continues its four-game trip.

Hawks: Host Milwaukee on Sunday afternoon.

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Key Players
P. Millsap
4 F
K. Bazemore
24 F
29.4 Min. Per Game 29.4
14.0 Pts. Per Game 14.0
3.0 Ast. Per Game 3.0
3.4 Reb. Per Game 3.4
48.4 Field Goal % 38.4
46.2 Three Point % 38.8
73.7 Free Throw % 83.3
  Team rebound 0:04
  Kent Bazemore missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:04
  Offensive rebound by Kent Bazemore 0:05
  Taurean Waller-Prince missed jump shot 0:08
  Defensive rebound by Taurean Waller-Prince 0:17
  Gary Harris missed 2nd of 2 free throws 0:19
+ 1 Gary Harris made 1st of 2 free throws 0:19
  Personal foul on Isaiah Taylor 0:19
+ 2 Taurean Waller-Prince made driving layup 0:20
+ 1 Paul Millsap made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:23
  Team rebound 0:23
Team Stats
Points 105 100
Field Goals 42-91 (46.2%) 37-89 (41.6%)
3-Pointers 4-20 (20.0%) 14-33 (42.4%)
Free Throws 17-23 (73.9%) 12-12 (100.0%)
Total Rebounds 62 45
Offensive 11 11
Defensive 35 32
Team 16 2
Assists 24 23
Steals 8 7
Blocks 4 4
Turnovers 11 12
Fouls 12 21
Technicals 0 0
18 PTS, 15 REB, 5 AST
20 PTS, 3 REB, 6 AST
1234T
away team logo Nuggets 2-3 26272230105
home team logo Hawks 1-5 23291929100
Team Stats
away team logo Nuggets 2-3 107.9 PPG 44.4 RPG 24.4 APG
home team logo Hawks 1-5 103.7 PPG 40.9 RPG 23.9 APG
Key Players
N. Jokic C 16.9 PPG 10.6 RPG 5.9 APG 48.5 FG%
D. Schroder G 19.5 PPG 3.1 RPG 6.3 APG 43.6 FG%
Top Scorers
N. Jokic C 18 PTS 15 REB 5 AST
D. Schroder G 20 PTS 3 REB 6 AST
46.2 FG% 41.6
20.0 3PT FG% 42.4
73.9 FT% 100.0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
G. Harris 34 18 3 3 2 0 0 2 7/13 2/5 2/3 1 2 29 -1
N. Jokic 32 18 15 5 1 0 2 0 8/16 0/1 2/2 4 11 42 +12
P. Millsap 30 16 6 1 2 1 1 4 6/12 0/2 4/6 2 4 26 -5
J. Murray 20 6 3 0 0 0 1 1 3/12 0/2 0/0 1 2 8 -4
W. Chandler 22 2 1 1 0 0 1 1 1/3 0/1 0/0 0 1 4 -2
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
G. Harris 34 18 3 3 2 0 0 2 7/13 2/5 2/3 1 2 29 -1
N. Jokic 32 18 15 5 1 0 2 0 8/16 0/1 2/2 4 11 42 +12
P. Millsap 30 16 6 1 2 1 1 4 6/12 0/2 4/6 2 4 26 -5
J. Murray 20 6 3 0 0 0 1 1 3/12 0/2 0/0 1 2 8 -4
W. Chandler 22 2 1 1 0 0 1 1 1/3 0/1 0/0 0 1 4 -2
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
W. Barton 29 18 6 3 2 0 5 2 8/17 2/6 0/0 1 5 27 +9
E. Mudiay 28 16 4 4 0 0 0 1 5/12 0/2 6/6 0 4 28 +9
M. Plumlee 20 9 5 6 1 3 0 1 3/4 0/0 3/6 2 3 30 +3
M. Beasley 10 2 3 1 0 0 0 0 1/2 0/1 0/0 0 3 7 +2
K. Faried 11 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 -1 +2
D. Arthur - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Lyles - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Lydon - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Hernangomez - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Jefferson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Morris - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Craig - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 105 46 24 8 4 11 12 42/91 4/20 17/23 11 35 200 +25
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Schroder 32 20 3 6 1 0 0 1 7/16 2/6 4/4 1 2 36 +4
T. Waller-Prince 32 19 7 3 2 0 4 2 8/14 3/5 0/0 1 6 30 -1
D. Dedmon 30 13 10 1 0 1 0 4 4/9 1/2 4/4 2 8 26 +6
K. Bazemore 26 7 6 4 1 2 3 1 3/9 1/3 0/0 2 4 21 -5
E. Ilyasova 29 7 3 2 2 0 0 4 3/11 1/5 0/0 0 3 16 +1
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Schroder 32 20 3 6 1 0 0 1 7/16 2/6 4/4 1 2 36 +4
T. Waller-Prince 32 19 7 3 2 0 4 2 8/14 3/5 0/0 1 6 30 -1
D. Dedmon 30 13 10 1 0 1 0 4 4/9 1/2 4/4 2 8 26 +6
K. Bazemore 26 7 6 4 1 2 3 1 3/9 1/3 0/0 2 4 21 -5
E. Ilyasova 29 7 3 2 2 0 0 4 3/11 1/5 0/0 0 3 16 +1
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
M. Belinelli 28 15 2 2 0 0 3 0 5/8 5/7 0/0 0 2 18 -1
M. Delaney 18 7 1 4 0 0 1 0 3/4 1/2 0/0 0 1 15 -11
J. Collins 14 6 8 0 0 0 0 5 2/11 0/0 2/2 5 3 14 -7
M. Muscala 20 4 3 1 1 1 1 2 1/6 0/3 2/2 0 3 10 -6
I. Taylor 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 0 2 -5
L. Babbitt 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 0
M. Plumlee - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Bembry - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Dorsey - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Brussino - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Magette - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 100 43 23 7 4 12 21 37/89 14/33 12/12 11 32 188 -25