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Harris hits 3 at buzzer, Nuggets beat Thunder 127-124

DENVER (AP) Gary Harris had just enough time to catch the ball and shoot - and his aim was true.

Harris made the winning 3-pointer at the buzzer and finished with 25 points to lift the Denver Nuggets to a 127-124 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday night.

Nikola Jokic added his third triple-double of the season with 29 points, 13 rebounds and 14 assists, including the inbounds pass to Harris with 1.4 seconds remaining. Harris grabbed the ball and put it up for the win before running off the court, his hand held high in celebration.

''Joker threw a helluva pass and I was able to get off a good look,'' said Harris, who made the shot as Russell Westbrook ran at him with a hand in his face. ''It felt good. I knew it was going in.''

Jamal Murray had 33 points to lead the Nuggets, who had lost their previous two games by a total of three points when they missed last-second shots.

''We needed that and I felt like we deserved that win,'' Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. ''What we've been through the last couple nights - close games, come up short - to get that win tonight ... I'm just so happy for our players.''

Paul George had a season-high 43 points to lead the Thunder. Westbrook had 21 assists, one shy of his career high, to go with 20 points and nine rebounds.

''It's just another play down the stretch, but we learned from it,'' George said of Harris' decisive basket. ''Really, really great find by Jokic. Tough shot, it was contested. Then again it's another teaching point.''

Trailing by 15 at the half, the Thunder pulled within nine points at 76-67 on a jumper by George, but the Nuggets put together a 12-5 burst that included 3-pointers by Harris and Murray to go back in front by 15 points. They held a 104-89 lead into the fourth quarter.

The Thunder narrowed the deficit to six on a driving layup by George with 4:40 remaining. Moments later, Westbrook hit a 3-pointer to pull Oklahoma City within four at 118-114 with 1:44 remaining. Murray responded with a layup before Westbrook hit another 3-pointer to make it a three-point game. His driving layup with 28.9 seconds pulled the Thunder to within a point.

Jokic made a pair of free throws with 5.6 seconds left, but George then hit a 3-pointer with 1.4 seconds left to tie it - the first in a game that the Nuggets had led by as many as 20 earlier in the game.

The Nuggets ran up their second-highest first-half point total of the season in taking a 72-57 lead, with Murray scoring 18 of his points in that span, including four of his 3-pointers.

FAN INTERFERENCE

After the game, a fan went on the court and began taunting Westbrook, who pushed him out of the way. Security guards quickly moved in and hustled the fan away, but Westbrook said the perimeter of the basketball court should be better policed. ''You've got to be able to protect the players,'' Westbrook said. ''The fans can obviously enjoy the game, but they can't come on the floor. They'll look at it and figure it out. To me, that's totally unacceptable.''

TIP-INS

Thunder: G Andre Roberson, who played collegiately at Colorado, will miss the rest of the season after undergoing surgery to repair a ruptured left patellar tendon. ... The 72 first-half points by the Nuggets were the most by an opposing team this season. ... G Terrance Ferguson, limited to just over 4 minutes of play, was slowed by a stomach illness.

Nuggets: F Mason Plumlee missed a second straight game with a strained right calf. ... The 40 first-quarter points represented a season high. ... Denver lost its previous two games by a total of three points.

UP NEXT

Thunder: return home to host New Orleans on Friday night

Nuggets: host the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors on Saturday night.

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Key Players
R. Westbrook
0 PG
N. Jokic
15 C
31.5 Min. Per Game 31.5
16.2 Pts. Per Game 16.2
5.3 Ast. Per Game 5.3
10.4 Reb. Per Game 10.4
44.3 Field Goal % 47.6
44.3 Three Point % 47.0
71.1 Free Throw % 84.1
+ 3 Gary Harris made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Nikola Jokic 0:00
+ 3 Paul George made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jerami Grant 0:02
+ 1 Nikola Jokic made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:05
+ 1 Nikola Jokic made 1st of 2 free throws 0:05
  Personal foul on Jerami Grant 0:05
  Personal foul on Russell Westbrook 0:07
  Offensive rebound by Nikola Jokic 0:07
  Jamal Murray missed jump shot 0:10
+ 2 Russell Westbrook made finger-roll layup, assist by Paul George 0:28
+ 2 Jamal Murray made finger-roll layup 0:31
+ 2 Paul George made reverse layup 0:48
Team Stats
Points 124 127
Field Goals 51-98 (52.0%) 50-97 (51.5%)
3-Pointers 9-28 (32.1%) 15-38 (39.5%)
Free Throws 13-17 (76.5%) 12-17 (70.6%)
Total Rebounds 48 55
Offensive 9 9
Defensive 31 34
Team 8 12
Assists 34 32
Steals 5 3
Blocks 6 10
Turnovers 7 11
Fouls 18 17
Technicals 0 0
20 PTS, 9 REB, 21 AST
29 PTS, 13 REB, 14 AST
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away team logo Thunder 30-22 33243235124
home team logo Nuggets 27-25 40323223127
Team Stats
away team logo Thunder 30-22 101.2 PPG 44 RPG 16.3 APG
home team logo Nuggets 27-25 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
P. George SF 21.9 PPG 5.7 RPG 3.3 APG 43.0 FG%
J. Murray PG 16.7 PPG 3.7 RPG 3.4 APG 45.1 FG%
Top Scorers
P. George SF 43 PTS 5 REB 5 AST
J. Murray PG 33 PTS 3 REB 5 AST
52.0 FG% 51.5
32.1 3PT FG% 39.5
76.5 FT% 70.6
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
P. George 36 43 5 5 2 0 1 2 19/26 5/8 0/0 1 4 59 -2
R. Westbrook 39 20 9 21 2 1 3 5 7/18 2/5 4/4 0 9 71 -8
S. Adams 31 10 8 1 0 1 1 3 5/11 0/0 0/0 4 4 20 -12
C. Anthony 33 10 4 1 0 0 1 1 5/11 0/3 0/0 0 4 15 -3
T. Ferguson 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 -3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
P. George 36 43 5 5 2 0 1 2 19/26 5/8 0/0 1 4 59 -2
R. Westbrook 39 20 9 21 2 1 3 5 7/18 2/5 4/4 0 9 71 -8
S. Adams 31 10 8 1 0 1 1 3 5/11 0/0 0/0 4 4 20 -12
C. Anthony 33 10 4 1 0 0 1 1 5/11 0/3 0/0 0 4 15 -3
T. Ferguson 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 -3
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Grant 24 18 6 2 0 1 0 4 6/9 0/1 6/9 1 5 29 +16
A. Abrines 28 13 2 1 0 2 1 1 4/7 2/5 3/4 0 2 18 -1
P. Patterson 15 6 2 0 0 1 0 0 3/5 0/2 0/0 1 1 9 -1
R. Felton 14 4 0 3 1 0 0 1 2/7 0/2 0/0 0 0 11 +3
J. Huestis 12 0 4 0 0 0 0 1 0/4 0/2 0/0 2 2 4 -4
K. Singler - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Roberson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Dozier - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Hamilton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Collison - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 124 40 34 5 6 7 18 51/98 9/28 13/17 9 31 236 -15
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Murray 34 33 3 5 0 0 1 2 14/23 5/8 0/0 1 2 45 +3
N. Jokic 37 29 13 14 1 2 2 3 11/18 2/5 5/6 3 10 71 +7
G. Harris 37 25 3 3 1 0 3 1 9/16 5/9 2/2 0 3 32 -1
W. Barton 35 15 6 4 1 1 1 1 6/11 3/7 0/0 0 6 30 +9
W. Chandler 34 4 4 0 0 2 0 0 1/4 0/1 2/2 1 3 10 +3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Murray 34 33 3 5 0 0 1 2 14/23 5/8 0/0 1 2 45 +3
N. Jokic 37 29 13 14 1 2 2 3 11/18 2/5 5/6 3 10 71 +7
G. Harris 37 25 3 3 1 0 3 1 9/16 5/9 2/2 0 3 32 -1
W. Barton 35 15 6 4 1 1 1 1 6/11 3/7 0/0 0 6 30 +9
W. Chandler 34 4 4 0 0 2 0 0 1/4 0/1 2/2 1 3 10 +3
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
E. Mudiay 13 7 3 3 0 0 2 2 3/8 0/3 1/1 0 3 14 0
T. Craig 21 7 3 1 0 1 0 4 3/5 0/1 1/2 2 1 13 -7
K. Faried 9 4 3 0 0 1 0 2 2/4 0/0 0/2 2 1 8 +1
T. Lyles 14 3 4 2 0 3 2 2 1/7 0/4 1/2 0 4 12 0
D. Arthur 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 1 1 0
P. Millsap - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Plumlee - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Beasley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Lydon - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Hernangomez - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Jefferson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Morris - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 127 43 32 3 10 11 17 50/97 15/38 12/17 9 34 236 +15