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Jokic triple-double leads Nuggets past Raptors 106-103

TORONTO (AP) Nikola Jokic got his second triple-double of the season to help the injury-riddled Denver Nuggets overcome another key absence.

Jokic capped a big night with three free throws in the final seven seconds, Kyle Lowry missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer and the Nuggets survived the loss of leading scorer Gary Harris to beat the Toronto Raptors 106-103 on Monday night.

''To beat the number one team in the East means a lot to us,'' Jokic said.

Jokic made it 104-103 with a free throw with 7.0 seconds left, then hit two more foul shots with 5.6 seconds remaining before Lowry bounced a 26-footer off the rim.

Jokic had 23 points, 15 assists and 11 rebounds, Jamal Murray scored 21 points, and Malik Beasley and Juan Hernangomez each scored 15 points for Denver. The Nuggets won their sixth straight and halted Toronto's winning streak at eight.

''He does everything,'' Murray said of Jokic. ''He passes, rebounds, handles the ball. There's nothing he really can't do, except jump.''

Raptors coach Nick Nurse said he doesn't see much missing from Jokic's toolbox.

''I was kind of hoping we'd be able to disrupt him with a little bit more pressure,'' Nurse said. ''He just seemed to handle it. We worked hard on him, we tried to put him under some duress with the ball but it just didn't faze him.''

Kawhi Leonard scored 27 points, Serge Ibaka had 15 and Pascal Siakam 14 for the Raptors.

Harris scored three points in the opening quarter but did not play after the first because of a sore right hip. He came in averaging a team-high 17.3 points per game. Harris is expected to undergo an MRI on Tuesday before the Nuggets leave Toronto for Orlando, where they play Wednesday.

''Hopefully we can get him back really soon,'' coach Michael Malone said. ''Gary is such a big part of what we're trying to do, big loss.''

Lowry returned after sitting out Saturday's loss at Cleveland because of an unspecified back injury, the first game he'd missed this season. He shot 1 for 7, missing 5 of 6 from 3-point range. Lowry left without speaking to reporters. Leonard was also unavailable because he was working out.

Toronto shot 11 for 41 from outside the arc.

''They wanted to win more than we did,'' Siakam said. ''We didn't bring the energy we usually have.''

The game pitted Leonard, the Eastern Conference player of the week, against Denver's Paul Millsap, the Western Conference award winner.

''A win is a win, it doesn't matter who it's against, but it does mean a little bit more to win against a top team like the Raptors,'' Millsap said.

The Nuggets led 86-78 to begin the fourth, but Toronto tied it at 94 on Ibaka's dunk at 4:41.

Ibaka made a pair of free throws and Leonard drained a jump shot with 54 seconds left to put Toronto up 101-100, its first lead of the second half.

Jokic restored Denver's lead with 40 seconds remaining before Danny Green missed twice at the other end. Hernangomez was fouled grabbing the rebound on Green's second miss and made one of two from the free-throw line, but Leonard answered with a jumper, tying it 103-all with seven seconds left.

TIP-INS

Nuggets: Jokic had seven assists in the first. His career high is 17, set Feb 15, 2018 at Milwaukee. ... Jokic has 18 career triple-doubles. ... Denver is 5-2 in games decided by three or fewer points.

Raptors: Nurse was named NBA Coach of the Month for October and November. He's the fourth coach in Raptors history to win the award, joining Dwane Casey, Sam Mitchell and Lenny Wilkens. ... The last rookie coach to win the award was Luke Walton, who did so as interim head coach of the Golden State Warriors in November 2015. ... The Raptors shot 1 for 10 from 3-point range in the second. ... Lowry had 11 assists.

SICK BAY

Denver is also without long-term absentees G Will Barton (core muscle surgery), F Michael Porter Jr. (back surgery), G Isaiah Thomas (right hip surgery) and F Jarred Vanderbilt (right foot surgery).

SECOND CHANCE SPREAD

Denver outscored the Raptors 23-2 on second-chance points and had 15 offensive rebounds to Toronto's seven.

''It's tough,'' Nurse said. ''They're a good offensive rebounding team and they were chasing them down.''

UP NEXT

Nuggets: Visit Orlando on Wednesday night.

Raptors: Host Philadelphia on Wednesday night.

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Key Players
N. Jokic
15 C
K. Leonard
2 SF
34.3 Min. Per Game 34.3
25.5 Pts. Per Game 25.5
3.1 Ast. Per Game 3.1
8.6 Reb. Per Game 8.6
47.9 Field Goal % 48.7
47.1 Three Point % 47.8
83.3 Free Throw % 85.6
  TOR team rebound 0:00
  Kyle Lowry missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:00
+ 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 Kawhi Leonard 0:05
+ 1 Nikola Jokic made free throw 0:07
  Personal foul on Serge Ibaka 0:07
+ 2 Kawhi Leonard made fade-away jump shot 0:07
+ 1 Juancho Hernangomez made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:12
  Juancho Hernangomez missed 1st of 2 free throws 0:12
  DEN team rebound 0:12
Team Stats
Points 106 103
Field Goals 40-89 (44.9%) 40-87 (46.0%)
3-Pointers 11-28 (39.3%) 11-41 (26.8%)
Free Throws 15-24 (62.5%) 12-12 (100.0%)
Total Rebounds 59 46
Offensive 15 7
Defensive 34 34
Team 10 5
Assists 32 28
Steals 9 11
Blocks 2 5
Turnovers 20 17
Fouls 14 21
Technicals 0 2
23 PTS, 11 REB, 15 AST
27 PTS, 8 REB, 2 AST
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away team logo Nuggets 16-7 27322720106
home team logo Raptors 20-5 24233125103
Team Stats
away team logo Nuggets 16-7 110.0 PPG 47.2 RPG 26.8 APG
home team logo Raptors 20-5 115.6 PPG 45.8 RPG 25.5 APG
Key Players
N. Jokic C 17.1 PPG 9.8 RPG 7.6 APG 47.7 FG%
K. Leonard SF 26.1 PPG 8.3 RPG 3.0 APG 48.8 FG%
Top Scorers
N. Jokic C 23 PTS 11 REB 15 AST
K. Leonard SF 27 PTS 8 REB 2 AST
44.9 FG% 46.0
39.3 3PT FG% 26.8
62.5 FT% 100.0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
N. Jokic 35 23 11 15 2 0 2 1 8/13 0/1 7/8 4 7 64 +15
J. Murray 40 21 7 8 0 0 7 1 9/21 2/7 1/1 1 6 37 +1
J. Hernangomez 28 15 5 0 2 0 3 1 5/12 3/7 2/4 2 3 19 -1
P. Millsap 29 6 8 3 1 0 3 2 2/9 0/2 2/2 1 7 18 +3
G. Harris 8 3 1 0 0 0 0 1 1/3 0/2 1/2 0 1 4 -1
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
N. Jokic 35 23 11 15 2 0 2 1 8/13 0/1 7/8 4 7 64 +15
J. Murray 40 21 7 8 0 0 7 1 9/21 2/7 1/1 1 6 37 +1
J. Hernangomez 28 15 5 0 2 0 3 1 5/12 3/7 2/4 2 3 19 -1
P. Millsap 29 6 8 3 1 0 3 2 2/9 0/2 2/2 1 7 18 +3
G. Harris 8 3 1 0 0 0 0 1 1/3 0/2 1/2 0 1 4 -1
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
M. Beasley 26 15 2 1 0 0 0 0 6/8 3/3 0/0 1 1 19 +11
M. Morris 22 8 1 1 0 0 1 1 3/10 0/2 2/3 0 1 10 -5
T. Craig 17 8 4 1 1 0 1 2 3/4 2/3 0/0 3 1 14 +4
M. Plumlee 18 4 8 1 2 2 2 4 2/6 0/0 0/2 3 5 16 -2
T. Lyles 12 3 2 2 1 0 1 1 1/3 1/1 0/2 0 2 9 -10
I. Thomas - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Barton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Goodwin - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Akoon-Purcell - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Welsh - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Lydon - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Vanderbilt - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Porter Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 106 49 32 9 2 20 14 40/89 11/28 15/24 15 34 210 +15
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Leonard 34 27 8 2 0 0 3 2 10/19 1/7 6/6 2 6 36 -13
S. Ibaka 31 15 5 2 0 1 2 4 6/9 1/4 2/2 0 5 23 -6
P. Siakam 29 14 6 7 2 0 3 2 7/10 0/2 0/0 1 5 33 -2
D. Green 31 9 3 0 2 0 0 2 3/9 3/7 0/0 1 2 14 +5
K. Lowry 33 5 3 11 1 3 3 3 1/7 1/6 2/2 1 2 31 -12
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Leonard 34 27 8 2 0 0 3 2 10/19 1/7 6/6 2 6 36 -13
S. Ibaka 31 15 5 2 0 1 2 4 6/9 1/4 2/2 0 5 23 -6
P. Siakam 29 14 6 7 2 0 3 2 7/10 0/2 0/0 1 5 33 -2
D. Green 31 9 3 0 2 0 0 2 3/9 3/7 0/0 1 2 14 +5
K. Lowry 33 5 3 11 1 3 3 3 1/7 1/6 2/2 1 2 31 -12
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Wright 15 9 3 2 2 0 1 0 4/7 1/1 0/0 1 2 17 +6
J. Valanciunas 18 8 10 0 0 1 1 5 3/6 0/0 2/2 1 9 18 0
C. Miles 16 8 0 0 1 0 1 0 3/8 2/6 0/0 0 0 8 +9
O. Anunoby 11 6 1 0 0 0 1 3 2/5 2/3 0/0 0 1 6 -1
F. VanVleet 18 2 2 4 3 0 2 0 1/7 0/5 0/0 0 2 13 -1
G. Monroe - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Powell - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Brown - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Richardson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Boucher - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Loyd - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 103 41 28 11 5 17 21 40/87 11/41 12/12 7 34 199 -15