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Jokic helps Nuggets beat Mavs as Doncic sits with sore ankle

DALLAS (AP) Nikola Jokic watched a lot of shots go up and come back down in the Denver Nuggets' hands Friday night.

Jokic finished with 19 points and 13 rebounds to lead a deep offensive effort, and the Nuggets broke out in the second half to beat the Dallas Mavericks 114-104.

Denver won the rebound battle 63-42, cruising to its third straight victory. The Mavericks have lost three in a row, this one without star rookie Luka Doncic due to a sore right ankle. He is considered day to day.

Denver outscored Dallas 39-23 in the third quarter to turn a one-point halftime lead into a 91-74 advantage. Paul Millsap had 17 points and 13 rebounds, Mason Plumlee had 12 points and 13 boards, and Isaiah Thomas had 16 points over 16 minutes in his second game since offseason hip surgery. Denver had seven players with at least 10 points.

''We had a deep bench already,'' Millsap said. ''But adding (Thomas) in the mix, I think he makes us even more deep.''

The Nuggets also had three players with 13 rebounds each. Dorian Finney-Smith led Dallas with nine.

''Rebounding was the biggest problem all night,'' Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. ''They have three phenomenal rebounders with Jokic, Millsap and Plumlee, and they just beat us to death there.''

There were plenty of opportunities, too. Neither team shot better than 41 percent.

''We were aggressive,'' Jokic said. ''We were going to the boards because they couldn't make shots.''

Jalen Brunson started in Doncic's place and had a career-high 22 points. Dwight Powell had a season-high 20.

''I loved the way (Brunson) started the game,'' Carlisle said. ''He had a rough patch. But I like the way he keeps a steady approach.''

Powell gave Dallas a spark after entering midway through the first quarter. He scored eight points and grabbed three rebounds in six minutes. Powell's layup with 3:31 left gave the Mavericks a 21-20 lead. They entered the second quarter up 30-25.

With Jokic in foul trouble, Millsap and Plumlee took over inside in the second quarter, which ended with the Nuggets leading 52-51.

The Nuggets scored the first eight points of the second half, including 3-pointers by Barton and Beasley. Denver led by 20 points in the third quarter and 24 in the fourth.

''They just started playing a little harder,'' Brunson said. ''They turned it up a little bit, and they got a little mojo going, got a run.''

TIP-INS

Nuggets: Jokic got his 40th double-double of the season. ... G Gary Harris (groin injury) returned after missing seven games, but F Trey Lyles was out after straining his left hamstring in practice Wednesday. ... Denver outrebounded Dallas 17-8 in the third quarter. ... Jokic missed his 13th triple-double of the season by two assists.

Mavericks: Each team shot 41 percent from the field, but Dallas had 19 fewer attempts. Brunson was 8 for 12 (67 percent) and Powell was 6 for 12 (50).

LOTS OF HELPERS

By dominating the boards, Denver generated 103 field goal attempts that produced 26 fast-break points and 22 second-chance points. Coach Michael Malone also cited his team's unselfish passing. ''When you get 32 assists on 42 field goals only shooting (41) percent from the field, the ball was moving, guys were finding their teammates.''

UP NEXT

Nuggets: Begin a four-game homestand on Sunday against the Clippers.

Mavericks: Play Utah on Friday in the first of two road games in three nights.

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Key Players
N. Jokic
15 C
L. Doncic
77 SF
32.2 Min. Per Game 32.2
20.7 Pts. Per Game 20.7
5.6 Ast. Per Game 5.6
7.2 Reb. Per Game 7.2
50.3 Field Goal % 43.0
50.5 Three Point % 43.0
85.2 Free Throw % 72.2
  Monte Morris missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:40
+ 1 Courtney Lee made 3rd of 3 free throws 0:58
+ 1 Courtney Lee made 2nd of 3 free throws 0:58
+ 1 Courtney Lee made 1st of 3 free throws 0:58
  Shooting foul on Will Barton 0:58
+ 3 Will Barton made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Nikola Jokic 1:07
+ 2 Courtney Lee made layup, assist by Tim Hardaway Jr. 1:26
  Defensive rebound by Will Barton 1:49
+ 1 Nikola Jokic made 1st of 2 free throws 2:06
  Shooting foul on Salah Mejri 2:06
  Personal foul on Courtney Lee 2:18
Team Stats
Points 114 104
Field Goals 42-103 (40.8%) 34-84 (40.5%)
3-Pointers 14-37 (37.8%) 10-41 (24.4%)
Free Throws 16-25 (64.0%) 26-33 (78.8%)
Total Rebounds 73 54
Offensive 21 7
Defensive 42 35
Team 10 12
Assists 32 19
Steals 11 7
Blocks 2 3
Turnovers 13 15
Fouls 26 21
Technicals 3 0
19 PTS, 13 REB, 8 AST
22 PTS, 2 REB, 5 AST
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away team logo Nuggets 40-18 25273923114
home team logo Mavericks 26-32 30212330104
Team Stats
away team logo Nuggets 40-18 108.6 PPG 43.6 RPG 27.0 APG
home team logo Mavericks 26-32 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
N. Jokic C 19.6 PPG 11.6 RPG 9.0 APG 47.9 FG%
J. Brunson PG PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
N. Jokic C 19 PTS 13 REB 8 AST
J. Brunson PG 22 PTS 2 REB 5 AST
40.8 FG% 40.5
37.8 3PT FG% 24.4
64.0 FT% 78.8
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
N. Jokic 19 13 8 7/16 1/2 4/4 4 30 1 0 4 5 8 +3 45
P. Millsap 17 13 2 6/14 1/3 4/5 4 32 3 1 1 5 8 +15 37
M. Beasley 13 3 4 4/10 3/7 2/2 2 26 1 0 3 1 2 +5 22
J. Murray 12 5 4 5/16 2/7 0/0 3 33 3 1 1 1 4 +14 28
W. Barton 10 4 4 4/8 2/3 0/0 2 27 2 0 0 0 4 +8 24
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
N. Jokic 19 13 8 7/16 1/2 4/4 4 30 1 0 4 5 8 +3 45
P. Millsap 17 13 2 6/14 1/3 4/5 4 32 3 1 1 5 8 +15 37
M. Beasley 13 3 4 4/10 3/7 2/2 2 26 1 0 3 1 2 +5 22
J. Murray 12 5 4 5/16 2/7 0/0 3 33 3 1 1 1 4 +14 28
W. Barton 10 4 4 4/8 2/3 0/0 2 27 2 0 0 0 4 +8 24
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
I. Thomas 16 3 2 5/11 4/7 2/4 3 15 0 0 1 2 1 -4 22
M. Plumlee 12 13 3 5/9 0/0 2/7 5 21 0 0 3 6 7 +13 28
G. Harris 8 2 1 3/8 1/3 1/2 2 20 1 0 0 0 2 +5 13
M. Morris 7 5 3 3/10 0/4 1/1 1 19 0 0 0 0 5 +2 18
T. Lydon 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 -3 0
J. Hernangomez 0 1 1 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 9 0 0 0 0 1 -5 3
J. Vanderbilt 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 -3 1
B. Goodwin - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Lyles - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Welsh - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Craig - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Porter Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 114 63 32 42/103 14/37 16/25 26 234 11 2 13 21 42 +50 241
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Brunson 22 2 5 8/12 3/5 3/3 1 30 1 1 6 0 2 -2 30
T. Hardaway Jr. 13 0 2 5/12 2/6 1/4 0 27 2 0 1 0 0 -4 18
D. Finney-Smith 13 9 1 4/9 0/5 5/6 2 29 2 0 2 1 8 -4 24
S. Mejri 4 6 2 1/2 1/2 1/2 4 23 0 2 1 1 5 +3 15
M. Kleber 0 3 1 0/5 0/4 0/0 2 18 0 0 3 0 3 -13 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Brunson 22 2 5 8/12 3/5 3/3 1 30 1 1 6 0 2 -2 30
T. Hardaway Jr. 13 0 2 5/12 2/6 1/4 0 27 2 0 1 0 0 -4 18
D. Finney-Smith 13 9 1 4/9 0/5 5/6 2 29 2 0 2 1 8 -4 24
S. Mejri 4 6 2 1/2 1/2 1/2 4 23 0 2 1 1 5 +3 15
M. Kleber 0 3 1 0/5 0/4 0/0 2 18 0 0 3 0 3 -13 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. Powell 20 6 1 6/12 1/4 7/8 3 25 0 0 1 4 2 -10 27
T. Burke 11 2 0 4/8 1/4 2/2 0 17 1 0 0 1 1 -8 14
D. Harris 10 2 5 3/4 1/2 3/3 4 18 1 0 1 0 2 -14 22
C. Lee 8 2 0 2/5 1/2 3/3 1 10 0 0 0 0 2 +13 10
D. Nowitzki 3 5 2 1/7 0/3 1/2 3 18 0 0 0 0 5 -14 12
J. Jackson 0 5 0 0/7 0/3 0/0 1 14 0 0 0 0 5 +7 5
R. Broekhoff 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 -4 0
J. Barea - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Porzingis - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Macon - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Antetokounmpo - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Doncic - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 104 42 19 34/84 10/41 26/33 21 235 7 3 15 7 35 -50 179