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Murray leads Nuggets past Thunder, 105-98

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Denver Nuggets overcame significant odds to pull out a win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday.

Their second-leading scorer, Gary Harris, was out with a sore left ankle. It was their third game in four nights and the Thunder entered the game tied for the best record in the Western Conference.

Despite all that, Jamal Murray had 22 points, eight rebounds and eight assists to lead the Nuggets to a 105-98 win.

Denver coach Michael Malone was proud of his team.

''I said, `We don't make excuses, we find ways,' and I thought our guys did that,'' he said. ''Heck of a win.''

Russell Westbrook had 16 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds for his second triple-double of the season and the 106th of his career. But he shot just 6 of 23 and missed all six of his shots in the fourth quarter.

Malone said Torrey Craig defended Westbrook well.

''I thought Torrey did a heck of a job of keeping Westbrook in front of him for most of the night,'' Malone said. ''No one can guard him by themselves, and we gave necessary help when appropriate. Guys were just locked in.''

Paul George had 24 points and 11 rebounds, and Dennis Schroder added 18 points for the Thunder.

Denver held Oklahoma City to 35.9 percent shooting.

Nikola Jokic and Trey Lyles each scored 16 points and Juancho Hernangomez added 15 for the Nuggets.

Denver's largest lead was 25 points in the second quarter. The Nuggets shot 50 percent in the first half to lead 63-42 at the break.

''I thought their physicality and their presence at the basket certainly overwhelmed us a little bit,'' Thunder coach Billy Donovan said. ''When I say overwhelmed us, they were the aggressor. They were making an impact.''

Oklahoma City missed 18 of its first 20 3-point shots, but the Thunder got it going late in the third quarter and trimmed the deficit to 79-66 by the end of the period.

George hit a 3 to cut the deficit to 80-71 early in the fourth, and Denver called a timeout. A 3-pointer by Oklahoma City's Jerami Grant trimmed Denver's lead to 96-90 with just over three minutes to play. A key follow shot by Craig put Denver up 101-94 with just over a minute remaining.

''We didn't panic,'' Lyles said. ''We didn't get loose with the ball tonight. We took care of it. We knew where we were supposed to be on the floor offensively and defensively. Guys knocked down shots.''

Donovan said his team used the right approach to get back into the game.

''You've also got to understand that you've got to keep hitting singles,'' Donovan said. ''I thought for a while there midway through that third quarter we were just kind of hitting singles and chipping our way, chipping our way, and we got it down to five, and we had our chances and our opportunities.''

TIP-INS

Nuggets: F Paul Millsap went down with a leg injury in the first quarter and limped off the court, but he returned. ... Lyles went 6 for 6 from the field and 2 for 2 from the free-throw line.

Thunder: G Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot got his first start of the season. ... G Hamidou Diallo sat out after spraining his left ankle Friday against Charlotte. ... G Alex Abrines was called for a technical in the second quarter. George got one in the fourth.

QUOTABLE

Malone on Denver's defensive effort: ''They know that when we defend at this level, we can not only beat anybody, but we can win anywhere,'' Malone said.

STAT LINES

Westbrook made 1 of 12 3-pointers. The Thunder are 1-4 when Westbrook takes five or more 3-pointers and 6-0 when he takes four or fewer.

UP NEXT

Nuggets: Host the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday.

Thunder: Host the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday.

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Key Players
N. Jokic
15 C
R. Westbrook
0 PG
32.4 Min. Per Game 32.4
23.9 Pts. Per Game 23.9
9.0 Ast. Per Game 9.0
9.4 Reb. Per Game 9.4
47.4 Field Goal % 45.9
47.5 Three Point % 45.9
82.4 Free Throw % 62.2
+ 2 Jerami Grant made layup, assist by Nerlens Noel 0:10
  Lost ball turnover on Juancho Hernangomez, stolen by Nerlens Noel 0:14
  Dennis Schroder missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:22
  Team rebound 0:24
  Jamal Murray missed driving layup, blocked by Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot 0:26
+ 1 Dennis Schroder made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:42
+ 1 Dennis Schroder made 1st of 2 free throws 0:42
  Shooting foul on Mason Plumlee 0:42
+ 2 Torrey Craig made dunk, assist by Paul Millsap 0:49
+ 1 Juancho Hernangomez made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:00
+ 1 Juancho Hernangomez made 1st of 2 free throws 1:00
Team Stats
Points 105 98
Field Goals 39-95 (41.1%) 37-103 (35.9%)
3-Pointers 10-30 (33.3%) 9-39 (23.1%)
Free Throws 17-24 (70.8%) 15-23 (65.2%)
Total Rebounds 69 68
Offensive 15 19
Defensive 39 35
Team 15 14
Assists 26 22
Steals 6 9
Blocks 9 5
Turnovers 14 10
Fouls 20 24
Technicals 0 2
22 PTS, 8 REB, 8 AST
16 PTS, 10 REB, 12 AST
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away team logo Nuggets 13-7 33301626105
home team logo Thunder 12-7 2319243298
Team Stats
away team logo Nuggets 13-7 109.1 PPG 47.7 RPG 24.0 APG
home team logo Thunder 12-7 105.2 PPG 43.2 RPG 22.6 APG
Key Players
J. Murray PG 18.2 PPG 4.2 RPG 4.8 APG 43.7 FG%
P. George SF PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
J. Murray PG 22 PTS 8 REB 8 AST
P. George SF 24 PTS 11 REB 3 AST
41.1 FG% 35.9
33.3 3PT FG% 23.1
70.8 FT% 65.2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Murray 22 8 8 9/23 2/6 2/2 1 39 0 0 3 2 6 +4 43
N. Jokic 16 6 5 6/20 0/7 4/5 4 27 0 1 4 2 4 +15 29
J. Hernangomez 15 8 0 4/12 3/7 4/4 2 35 2 1 1 1 7 +4 25
P. Millsap 8 6 3 3/7 2/3 0/2 3 28 1 1 1 0 6 +2 21
T. Craig 8 10 1 4/8 0/2 0/1 2 36 1 2 2 6 4 -2 21
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Murray 22 8 8 9/23 2/6 2/2 1 39 0 0 3 2 6 +4 43
N. Jokic 16 6 5 6/20 0/7 4/5 4 27 0 1 4 2 4 +15 29
J. Hernangomez 15 8 0 4/12 3/7 4/4 2 35 2 1 1 1 7 +4 25
P. Millsap 8 6 3 3/7 2/3 0/2 3 28 1 1 1 0 6 +2 21
T. Craig 8 10 1 4/8 0/2 0/1 2 36 1 2 2 6 4 -2 21
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
T. Lyles 16 4 1 6/6 2/2 2/2 1 19 0 0 1 1 3 +5 21
M. Plumlee 11 7 2 4/8 0/0 3/6 4 20 0 4 2 3 4 -8 24
M. Beasley 5 3 0 2/6 1/3 0/0 2 12 0 0 0 0 3 +8 8
M. Morris 4 2 6 1/5 0/0 2/2 1 20 2 0 0 0 2 +7 20
I. Thomas - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Barton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Harris - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Akoon-Purcell - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Welsh - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Lydon - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Vanderbilt - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Porter Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 105 54 26 39/95 10/30 17/24 20 236 6 9 14 15 39 +35 212
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
P. George 24 11 3 8/21 3/6 5/7 5 39 2 3 1 4 7 -1 45
R. Westbrook 16 10 12 6/23 1/12 3/7 5 39 1 0 4 3 7 -3 47
J. Grant 13 2 2 5/11 2/5 1/2 5 31 0 1 0 0 2 +2 20
S. Adams 12 14 0 6/15 0/0 0/1 3 37 1 0 2 7 7 -5 25
T. Luwawu-Cabarrot 3 5 1 1/6 1/4 0/0 1 20 1 1 1 1 4 -10 11
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
P. George 24 11 3 8/21 3/6 5/7 5 39 2 3 1 4 7 -1 45
R. Westbrook 16 10 12 6/23 1/12 3/7 5 39 1 0 4 3 7 -3 47
J. Grant 13 2 2 5/11 2/5 1/2 5 31 0 1 0 0 2 +2 20
S. Adams 12 14 0 6/15 0/0 0/1 3 37 1 0 2 7 7 -5 25
T. Luwawu-Cabarrot 3 5 1 1/6 1/4 0/0 1 20 1 1 1 1 4 -10 11
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. Schroder 18 2 2 5/14 2/7 6/6 0 29 1 0 2 0 2 +4 23
N. Noel 4 5 1 2/2 0/0 0/0 2 10 1 0 0 3 2 -2 12
P. Patterson 0 2 0 0/3 0/2 0/0 0 9 1 0 0 1 1 -10 3
A. Abrines 0 1 1 0/2 0/2 0/0 1 7 0 0 0 0 1 -9 3
A. Nader - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Roberson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Burton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Davis - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Ferguson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
H. Diallo - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Felton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 98 54 22 37/103 9/39 15/23 24 221 9 5 10 19 35 -34 189