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Jokic notches triple-double as Nuggets rout Clippers 121-100

DENVER (AP) Nikola Jokic wowed his teammates with a perfect full-court pass that led to a dunk and by tossing a pass to himself off the backboard for a layup.

The Denver Nuggets big man was the one wide-eyed after the game when he met Broncos pass rusher Von Miller and exchanged jerseys.

Another eventful evening for Jokic.

The player nicknamed Joker finished with 18 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists for his 21st career triple-double to help the Western Conference-leading Nuggets extend their home winning streak to 11 by cruising past the Los Angeles Clippers 121-100 on Thursday night.

''Another triple-double,'' Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. ''The guy continues to amaze.''

Jokic did a little bit of everything, including the pass of the night when he lofted a full-length strike over a defender to Jamal Murray for a dunk in the third quarter.

''He could play for NFL teams the way he passes the ball,'' Malone said.

Later, Jokic picked up his dribble on a play, saw the path through the lane was clear, banked it off the glass to himself and put it in. It was something he had never tried in a game before.

And no, he wasn't thinking slam.

''I knew he wasn't going to dunk it,'' Murray cracked. ''It was a smart move. It was a great play.''

This capped off the night: Jokic and Miller exchanging jerseys.

''It means a lot. I watched him a lot,'' Jokic said. ''He's a beast. He's someone that can't be stopped.''

These days, the same can be said of Jokic, who was coming off a game in Miami on Tuesday in which he had 29 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists.

''He's just a great player,'' Clippers coach Doc Rivers said.

Murray scored 23 points and Mason Plumlee added a season-high 17 points to go with 12 rebounds for the Nuggets. They're now 17-3 at home.

Lou Williams led the Clippers with 19 points, and Danilo Gallinari chipped in 18 against his former team.

Denver built the lead to 102-81 with 9:03 remaining on a jumper by Monte Morris. The Clippers made a little run, but Morris silenced it with a 3-pointer.

''They just kicked our butt from the beginning,'' said Tobias Harris, who finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds. ''Their intensity and pace, we were kind of on our heels with all night. We've got to respect that especially from a team that's No. 1 in the West.''

Gallinari received applause from the crowd when he was announced. He joined the Clippers last season after a bulk of his career in Denver. He was limited to 21 games with Los Angeles in 2017-18 due to injuries and didn't suit up when the Clippers played in the Mile High City.

''It was a good feeling to see a lot of my friend and people that I know,'' Gallinari said. ''But honestly I was just focused on the game plan and trying to play my game and trying to help the team.''

TIP-INS

Clippers: F Luc Mbah a Moute remains out with a sore left knee.

Nuggets: G Gary Harris missed his second straight game with tightness in his left hamstring. ... F Juancho Hernangomez has been dealing with an injury. Earlier this season, he dealt with an abdominal strain. ''If it gets to a point we have to shut him down for a bit, we'll do so,'' Malone said.

EJECTED

Clippers guard Patrick Beverley was ejected in the fourth quarter for arguing.

Asked what he may have said, Rivers responded: ''I was in the huddle. I think he said I love you.''

NATIONAL TREASURES

Jokic, who's from Serbia, currently sits in seventh place among Western Conference frontcourt players in the All-Star voting by fans. Dallas rookie and Slovenian native Luka Doncic is second, with fans counting for 50 percent of the vote to determine the starters.

''Obviously, a lot of fans in Slovenia are voting and not enough fans in Serbia are voting,'' Malone cracked.

UP NEXT

Clippers: Begin a four-game homestand Saturday against Detroit.

Nuggets: At Phoenix on Saturday before hosting Portland the following night.

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Key Players
T. Harris
34 SF
N. Jokic
15 C
31.3 Min. Per Game 31.3
19.2 Pts. Per Game 19.2
7.5 Ast. Per Game 7.5
10.1 Reb. Per Game 10.1
50.2 Field Goal % 50.0
50.2 Three Point % 49.8
89.1 Free Throw % 84.0
  Defensive rebound by Mason Plumlee 0:07
  Boban Marjanovic missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:12
  Boban Marjanovic missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:12
  Boban Marjanovic missed floating jump shot 0:14
+ 3 Tyler Lydon made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Mason Plumlee 0:27
  Defensive rebound by Mason Plumlee 0:39
  Johnathan Motley missed jump shot 0:41
  Offensive rebound by Johnathan Motley 0:42
  Tyrone Wallace missed 2nd of 2 free throws 0:44
  Tyrone Wallace missed 1st of 2 free throws 0:44
  LAC team rebound 0:44
Team Stats
Points 100 121
Field Goals 38-87 (43.7%) 50-99 (50.5%)
3-Pointers 6-24 (25.0%) 11-28 (39.3%)
Free Throws 18-26 (69.2%) 10-13 (76.9%)
Total Rebounds 50 59
Offensive 8 15
Defensive 30 38
Team 12 6
Assists 21 29
Steals 4 7
Blocks 6 8
Turnovers 12 9
Fouls 16 23
Technicals 1 0
18 PTS, 11 REB, 4 AST
18 PTS, 14 REB, 10 AST
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away team logo Clippers 24-17 25292224100
home team logo Nuggets 28-12 37282828121
Team Stats
away team logo Clippers 24-17 114.7 PPG 40.2 RPG 25.3 APG
home team logo Nuggets 28-12 109.1 PPG 47.7 RPG 24.0 APG
Key Players
L. Williams SG 21.7 PPG 2.8 RPG 7.7 APG 43.3 FG%
J. Murray PG 21.3 PPG 4.4 RPG 4.7 APG 42.5 FG%
Top Scorers
L. Williams SG 19 PTS 0 REB 5 AST
J. Murray PG 23 PTS 6 REB 2 AST
43.7 FG% 50.5
25.0 3PT FG% 39.3
69.2 FT% 76.9
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. Gallinari 18 3 4 6/17 3/6 3/6 0 32 1 0 2 2 1 -21 28
T. Harris 18 11 4 7/15 0/2 4/4 1 31 0 1 0 1 10 -9 38
M. Gortat 6 1 0 3/3 0/0 0/0 3 17 0 0 1 0 1 -18 6
S. Gilgeous-Alexander 3 2 1 1/4 1/2 0/0 1 20 1 0 3 0 2 -21 5
A. Bradley 2 2 2 1/6 0/4 0/0 1 25 2 0 0 0 2 -11 10
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. Gallinari 18 3 4 6/17 3/6 3/6 0 32 1 0 2 2 1 -21 28
T. Harris 18 11 4 7/15 0/2 4/4 1 31 0 1 0 1 10 -9 38
M. Gortat 6 1 0 3/3 0/0 0/0 3 17 0 0 1 0 1 -18 6
S. Gilgeous-Alexander 3 2 1 1/4 1/2 0/0 1 20 1 0 3 0 2 -21 5
A. Bradley 2 2 2 1/6 0/4 0/0 1 25 2 0 0 0 2 -11 10
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
L. Williams 19 0 5 7/15 1/3 4/5 2 24 0 0 2 0 0 +4 27
M. Harrell 16 6 0 7/9 0/0 2/2 5 22 0 1 2 2 4 +2 21
T. Wallace 7 4 1 3/4 0/0 1/4 0 19 0 0 0 1 3 -12 13
J. Motley 6 3 0 1/4 0/2 4/5 0 4 0 0 1 2 1 +1 8
M. Scott 3 0 0 1/4 1/2 0/0 3 9 0 1 0 0 0 -4 4
P. Beverley 2 3 4 1/3 0/2 0/0 0 22 0 3 1 0 3 -11 15
B. Marjanovic 0 3 0 0/3 0/1 0/0 0 5 0 0 0 0 3 -3 3
S. Thornwell 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 -2 0
L. Mbah a Moute - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Delgado - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Teodosic - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Robinson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 100 38 21 38/87 6/24 18/26 16 234 4 6 12 8 30 -105 178
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Murray 23 6 2 10/16 2/4 1/1 2 32 0 0 4 2 4 +19 29
N. Jokic 18 14 10 8/19 0/5 2/3 3 27 0 2 1 5 9 +6 53
M. Beasley 15 1 5 6/10 3/5 0/0 0 31 2 1 0 1 0 +13 29
T. Craig 14 4 0 6/8 2/2 0/0 3 30 3 1 1 0 4 +25 21
P. Millsap 8 9 0 2/9 0/1 4/4 3 23 1 0 1 2 7 +3 17
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Murray 23 6 2 10/16 2/4 1/1 2 32 0 0 4 2 4 +19 29
N. Jokic 18 14 10 8/19 0/5 2/3 3 27 0 2 1 5 9 +6 53
M. Beasley 15 1 5 6/10 3/5 0/0 0 31 2 1 0 1 0 +13 29
T. Craig 14 4 0 6/8 2/2 0/0 3 30 3 1 1 0 4 +25 21
P. Millsap 8 9 0 2/9 0/1 4/4 3 23 1 0 1 2 7 +3 17
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
M. Plumlee 17 12 5 7/8 0/0 3/5 4 20 0 1 2 3 9 +15 38
M. Morris 14 2 4 6/12 2/4 0/0 2 23 0 0 0 2 0 -1 24
T. Lyles 7 2 1 3/11 1/4 0/0 3 22 0 1 0 0 2 +12 12
T. Lydon 3 0 0 1/1 1/1 0/0 1 3 1 0 0 0 0 +1 4
J. Hernangomez 2 3 1 1/3 0/2 0/0 1 22 0 2 0 0 3 +11 9
B. Goodwin 0 0 1 0/2 0/0 0/0 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 +1 2
I. Thomas - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Barton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Harris - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Welsh - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Vanderbilt - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Porter Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 121 53 29 50/99 11/28 10/13 23 236 7 8 9 15 38 +105 238