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Jokic has triple-double as Nuggets beat Mavericks 91-89

DENVER (AP) The Denver Nuggets' offense has carried them most of the season, but this time they leaned on their defense - and Nikola Jokic - to hold off the Dallas Mavericks.

Jokic completed his second triple-double with a late jumper to put Denver ahead, and the Nuggets held on for a 91-89 victory Saturday night.

Jokic had 11 points, 16 rebounds and 11 assists. Gary Harris scored 24 to help Denver rally from nine points down in the fourth quarter for its third straight win.

The 91 points were the fifth-fewest Denver has scored in a game this season, and it came two nights after the Nuggets put up 130 in a win over New York.

''You never know how the game is going to go so we adjust to what the game gives us,'' Jokic said. ''We missed open shots and layups, but that's the kind of game it was.''

Nuggets point guard Jamal Murray was healthy but did not start after violating a team rule, coach Michael Malone said after the game. After averaging 26.7 points in his previous three games, Murray struggled early Saturday before scoring all 15 of his points in the second half.

''My whole tempo was off,'' Murray said. ''Normally I start games with up tempo and I didn't come out talking and with the same energy I normally do.''

The Mavericks were missing guards J.J. Barea (oblique strain) and Devin Harris (personal reasons) but played well without them even though it was the second of back-to-back games. They faltered down the stretch, going 4:27 without a field goal late in the game.

Harrison Barnes had 22 points and Dennis Smith Jr. had 13 points, six rebounds and six assists for Dallas. The Mavericks have lost three in a row.

Dallas trailed by 13 early but quickly erased the deficit and took a three-point lead in the second quarter. The Mavericks went on a 16-1 run to end the third and take a 74-66 lead.

Denver rallied to get back into it, and Jokic drained a jumper from the top of the key to give the Nuggets a 91-89 lead with 1:12 left. Barnes missed a 3-pointer, but an offensive foul was called on Jokic with 12.7 seconds left. After Mason Plumlee blocked Smith's layup out of bounds, Wesley Matthews missed a 3 at the buzzer.

''We got the ball back and we did get a look on the last shot,'' Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. ''The thing was a fraction of an inch to the left and we are having a party right now. They got lucky. They dodged a bullet tonight.''

TIP-INS

Mavericks: Carlisle said he hopes Barea's oblique injury is not a long-term issue. ''I hope it's a one-nighter,'' he said. ''It happened on a freakish play (Friday) night where he was reaching for the ball.'' ... Harris missed his second straight game for personal reasons and fourth in a row overall. He had missed the previous two games with a concussion.

Nuggets: Malone said F Wilson Chandler left in the first half with symptoms of a migraine. He did not return. ... F Tyler Lydon had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Friday and is expected to miss the rest of the season. Lydon was hurt Wednesday while playing for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in a G League game.

THROWBACK SATURDAY

The Nuggets hosted 1990s alumni Tom Hammonds, Reggie Williams and Robert Pack as part of their 50th anniversary season. They were honored at halftime, and before the game reminisced about the 1994 first-round upset of the Seattle SuperSonics.

''We were underdogs. Nobody expected us to do anything,'' Pack said. ''We not only won, but we won on their court against the No. 1 seed.''

The flight home from Seattle after the Game 5 win was as memorable for Hammonds as the 3-2 series win.

''We're flying back across the Rockies and we hit some bad turbulence,'' he said. ''I said, `We just made NBA history and now we're getting ready to die!' The plane was going up and down, up and down, but we finally made it back.''

UP NEXT

Mavericks: Host the Miami Heat on Monday night.

Nuggets: Host the Boston Celtics on Monday night.

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Key Players
H. Barnes
40 SF
N. Jokic
15 C
31.1 Min. Per Game 31.1
16.2 Pts. Per Game 16.2
5.1 Ast. Per Game 5.1
10.3 Reb. Per Game 10.3
45.3 Field Goal % 47.0
45.2 Three Point % 46.8
83.1 Free Throw % 84.1
  Defensive rebound by Mason Plumlee 0:00
  Wesley Matthews missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:02
  Team rebound 0:03
  Dennis Smith Jr. missed driving layup, blocked by Will Barton 0:04
  Offensive foul on Nikola Jokic 0:12
  Offensive foul on Nikola Jokic 0:12
  Offensive rebound by Jamal Murray 0:31
  Nikola Jokic missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:35
  Defensive rebound by Jamal Murray 0:52
  Harrison Barnes missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:56
+ 2 Nikola Jokic made jump shot, assist by Jamal Murray 1:12
Team Stats
Points 89 91
Field Goals 34-85 (40.0%) 34-81 (42.0%)
3-Pointers 11-31 (35.5%) 12-33 (36.4%)
Free Throws 10-19 (52.6%) 11-15 (73.3%)
Total Rebounds 50 61
Offensive 8 9
Defensive 35 44
Team 7 8
Assists 17 23
Steals 8 6
Blocks 5 8
Turnovers 8 14
Fouls 15 21
Technicals 1 0
13 PTS, 6 REB, 6 AST
11 PTS, 16 REB, 11 AST
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away team logo Mavericks 16-34 2616321589
home team logo Nuggets 26-23 3020162591
Team Stats
away team logo Mavericks 16-34 101.9 PPG 40.5 RPG 22.5 APG
home team logo Nuggets 26-23 108.1 PPG 44.5 RPG 24.5 APG
Key Players
H. Barnes SF 18.2 PPG 6.5 RPG 1.8 APG 44.8 FG%
G. Harris SG 17.6 PPG 2.7 RPG 3.1 APG 48.7 FG%
Top Scorers
H. Barnes SF 22 PTS 6 REB 0 AST
G. Harris SG 24 PTS 4 REB 4 AST
40.0 FG% 42.0
35.5 3PT FG% 36.4
52.6 FT% 73.3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
H. Barnes 35 22 6 0 0 0 2 0 9/19 2/5 2/4 1 5 26 0
D. Smith Jr. 30 13 6 6 0 0 2 1 5/18 0/4 3/6 1 5 29 -13
D. Nowitzki 25 11 5 1 1 0 0 3 4/11 3/5 0/0 1 4 19 -8
M. Kleber 34 8 4 3 3 2 0 2 2/6 2/5 2/2 2 2 23 +4
W. Matthews 33 7 6 1 1 1 0 4 3/10 1/4 0/0 0 6 17 -18
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
H. Barnes 35 22 6 0 0 0 2 0 9/19 2/5 2/4 1 5 26 0
D. Smith Jr. 30 13 6 6 0 0 2 1 5/18 0/4 3/6 1 5 29 -13
D. Nowitzki 25 11 5 1 1 0 0 3 4/11 3/5 0/0 1 4 19 -8
M. Kleber 34 8 4 3 3 2 0 2 2/6 2/5 2/2 2 2 23 +4
W. Matthews 33 7 6 1 1 1 0 4 3/10 1/4 0/0 0 6 17 -18
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
Y. Ferrell 30 12 3 4 0 0 1 0 5/13 1/5 1/2 1 2 22 +5
K. Collinsworth 14 7 5 2 1 0 1 3 3/3 1/1 0/0 0 5 16 +16
D. Powell 15 6 2 0 1 0 1 1 2/3 1/2 1/3 1 1 8 -5
S. Mejri 20 3 6 0 1 2 1 1 1/2 0/0 1/2 1 5 11 +9
J. Barea - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. McRoberts - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Noel - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Curry - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Motley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Finney-Smith - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Jones - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Harris - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 89 43 17 8 5 8 15 34/85 11/31 10/19 8 35 171 -10
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
G. Harris 35 24 4 4 2 0 1 2 8/16 3/7 5/5 0 4 37 +5
W. Barton 38 11 5 1 1 1 1 3 3/7 2/4 3/3 0 5 19 +21
N. Jokic 39 11 16 11 0 2 4 3 5/13 1/6 0/1 1 15 47 +9
T. Craig 26 9 4 0 0 0 0 3 3/5 1/3 2/4 1 3 13 -4
M. Plumlee 29 6 8 1 2 2 2 4 3/7 0/0 0/0 1 7 18 +9
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
G. Harris 35 24 4 4 2 0 1 2 8/16 3/7 5/5 0 4 37 +5
W. Barton 38 11 5 1 1 1 1 3 3/7 2/4 3/3 0 5 19 +21
N. Jokic 39 11 16 11 0 2 4 3 5/13 1/6 0/1 1 15 47 +9
T. Craig 26 9 4 0 0 0 0 3 3/5 1/3 2/4 1 3 13 -4
M. Plumlee 29 6 8 1 2 2 2 4 3/7 0/0 0/0 1 7 18 +9
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Murray 30 15 5 5 0 0 6 4 6/15 3/6 0/0 3 2 24 -4
T. Lyles 26 13 10 1 1 1 0 1 5/14 2/6 1/2 3 7 27 -14
E. Mudiay 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 1/3 0/0 0/0 0 0 2 -4
W. Chandler 9 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 1 3 -8
P. Millsap - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Faried - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Arthur - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Beasley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Lydon - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Hernangomez - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Jefferson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Morris - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 91 53 23 6 8 14 21 34/81 12/33 11/15 9 44 190 +10