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Plumlee, bench help Nuggets rally past Nets 101-93

DENVER (AP) Nikola Jokic had plenty of postgame jokes - about the bench and especially about Paul Millsap.

The Denver big man was simply in a playful mood after another come-from-behind win.

Jokic had 18 points and 10 rebounds, Mason Plumlee provided a boost off the bench and the Nuggets wore down the Brooklyn Nets in a 101-93 win Thursday night.

For that, Jokic credited the bench's second-half performance.

''Not that much in the first half,'' he quipped before patting Plumlee on the back and adding, ''but they were phenomenal in the second.''

His next target? Millsap, who finished with 18 points.

''Paul is playing like he's 21 not 77,'' Jokic said of the forward who's actually 34.

Millsap shook his head when the jab about his age got back to him.

''I don't know if that's a compliment or not?'' he said. ''I just feel good.''

The Nuggets tired out a Nets team playing their fourth road game in seven nights. Brooklyn shot 23% and went 0 for 17 from 3-point range in the second half.

All those misses helped the Nuggets stage another rally. They overcame a 21-point, four-quarter deficit in a win over Philadelphia last week.

On Thursday, the Nuggets trailed by 16 points in the third quarter before using a 19-6 run to work their way back. The comeback was spurred in large part by Denver's bench. Plumlee was pivotal when Jokic went to the bench with 6:37 left in the third in foul trouble. Plumlee scored all 10 of his points in the second half.

''Plumlee, that's what he does,'' Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said. ''I thought their second unit really gave them a boost.''

Denver took its first lead since the first quarter on Jerami Grant's 3-pointer with 9:30 remaining. The Nuggets wouldn't relinquish it.

Kyrie Irving had 17 points and nine assists despite a sore right shoulder. Irving was questionable earlier in the day but got treatment and was ready to go by game time.

DeAndre Jordan had an interesting stat line - 11 rebounds and no points. Jarrett Allen added 17 points and 10 boards as the Nets dropped to 1-3 on their five-game trip.

''When teams make their runs we just have to be able to respond right away,'' Irving said. ''Just settle ourselves down and really go into our offensive package and just run the plays that work for us.''

The Nets entered with a dynamic offense and Denver with a top-notch defense.

In the first half, Brooklyn controlled the tempo with their shooting. In the second, the Nuggets took it back with defense. They've now held opponents to fewer than 100 points in five of the last six games.

''Our defense got us going,'' Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. ''That ignites our break. We started rebounding and running. That's when we're at our best.''

TIP-INS

Nets: F Taurean Prince was given a technical foul for a hold in the first quarter. ... G/F Garrett Temple briefly left in the third after being hit in the chin by Gary Harris' elbow. Harris was issued a flagrant foul. ... Former University of Colorado standout Spencer Dinwiddie had 17 points.

Nuggets: G Malik Beasley (illness) didn't play. ... Denver had seven players in double figures. ... F Will Barton finished with 17.

LEVERT UPDATE

Nets guard Caris LeVert underwent surgery Thursday to repair ligaments in his right thumb. There's no timetable for his return.

LeVert is averaging 16.8 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists. He missed half of last season with a dislocated right foot.

''It's bad luck especially with what he went through last year,'' Atkinson said. ''I feel for him.''

SHUMPERT'S ROLE

Veteran guard Iman Shumpert was signed Wednesday to fill a specific need for the Nets - perimeter defense.

''That's always been his calling card,'' said Atkinson, who was an assistant coach with New York when Shumpert played for the Knicks. ''I know him well, know the personality. He gets after it defensively.''

Shumpert didn't play Thursday.

JUANCHO SIGHTING

Juancho Hernangomez played 19 minutes. This after seeing the floor a combined 19:24 all season. He had two points but provided plenty of energy.

''Juancho is the hardest worker here,'' Jokic said.

IRVING & MURRAY

There was some history between Irving and Nuggets guard Jamal Murray. When Irving was at Pepsi Center last November - as a member of the Boston Celtics - he took exception to Murray, sitting on 48 points, taking a shot in the closing seconds of a game already decided. Irving threw the ball into the stands.

UP NEXT

Nets: Finish a five-game trip Saturday in Chicago.

Nuggets: At Memphis on Sunday.

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1st Quarter

Time Team Play Score
12:00   Jumpball  
11:42 +2 Kyrie Irving made fade-away jump shot 2-0
11:28   Personal foul on Kyrie Irving  
11:23   Jamal Murray missed layup  
11:20   Defensive rebound by Taurean Waller-Prince  
11:18 +3 Kyrie Irving made 3-pt. jump shot 5-0
11:01 +2 Will Barton made jump shot, assist by Nikola Jokic 5-2
10:45   Garrett Temple missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:43   Defensive rebound by Nikola Jokic  
10:26   Jamal Murray missed finger-roll layup  
10:26   BKN team rebound  
10:02   Taurean Waller-Prince missed 3-pt. fade-away jump shot  
9:56   Defensive rebound by Gary Harris  
9:49 +2 Paul Millsap made jump shot 5-4
9:35   Personal foul on Nikola Jokic  
9:26 +2 Jarrett Allen made dunk, assist by Kyrie Irving 7-4
9:26   Shooting foul on Will Barton  
9:26 +1 Jarrett Allen made free throw 8-4
9:08 +2 Paul Millsap made fade-away jump shot, assist by Gary Harris 8-6
8:55 +2 Joe Harris made layup, assist by Kyrie Irving 10-6
8:44 +2 Will Barton made floating jump shot 10-8
8:33   Kyrie Irving missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:27   Defensive rebound by Paul Millsap  
8:20 +3 Gary Harris made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Paul Millsap 10-11
8:00   Bad pass turnover on Garrett Temple, stolen by Paul Millsap  
7:53 +2 Taurean Waller-Prince made finger-roll layup 12-11
7:33 +3 Paul Millsap made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Gary Harris 12-14
7:13   Kyrie Irving missed jump shot  
7:10   Defensive rebound by Jamal Murray  
7:01 +2 Will Barton made jump shot, assist by Nikola Jokic 12-16
6:44   Garrett Temple missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:42   Defensive rebound by Gary Harris  
6:35   Paul Millsap missed finger-roll layup  
6:33   Defensive rebound by Kyrie Irving  
6:28   Garrett Temple missed layup  
6:26   Defensive rebound by Jamal Murray  
6:22   Will Barton missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:19   Defensive rebound by Garrett Temple  
6:15 +3 Taurean Waller-Prince made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Kyrie Irving 15-16
5:55   Paul Millsap missed hook shot  
5:53   Defensive rebound by Taurean Waller-Prince  
5:48   Taurean Waller-Prince missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:45   Defensive rebound by Nikola Jokic  
5:41   Personal foul on Taurean Waller-Prince  
5:41   Unsportsmanlike technical foul  
5:41 +1 Jamal Murray made free throw 15-17
5:28   Will Barton missed fade-away jump shot  
5:24   Defensive rebound by Jarrett Allen  
5:12 +2 Jarrett Allen made dunk, assist by Kyrie Irving 17-17
4:54 +3 Jamal Murray made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Will Barton 17-20
4:30   Spencer Dinwiddie missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:28   Defensive rebound by Nikola Jokic  
4:19   Jerami Grant missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:15   Defensive rebound by Kyrie Irving  
4:08 +2 Jarrett Allen made layup, assist by Kyrie Irving 19-20
3:46   Jamal Murray missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:43   Defensive rebound by Jarrett Allen  
3:33 +2 Jarrett Allen made hook shot, assist by Kyrie Irving 21-20
3:22   Nikola Jokic missed jump shot  
3:20   Defensive rebound by DeAndre Jordan  
3:10   Lost ball turnover on Joe Harris, stolen by Gary Harris  
3:07 +2 Gary Harris made dunk, assist by Juancho Hernangomez 21-22
2:46   Nicolas Claxton missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:44   Offensive rebound by DeAndre Jordan  
2:41 +2 Nicolas Claxton made dunk, assist by DeAndre Jordan 23-22
2:33   Nikola Jokic missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:30   Defensive rebound by Nicolas Claxton  
2:23 +3 Dzanan Musa made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Spencer Dinwiddie 26-22
2:06 +3 Nikola Jokic made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Monte Morris 26-25
1:53   Joe Harris missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:49   Defensive rebound by Nikola Jokic  
1:43   Nikola Jokic missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:41   Defensive rebound by Spencer Dinwiddie  
1:36   Shooting foul on Nikola Jokic  
1:36 +1 Spencer Dinwiddie made 1st of 2 free throws 27-25
1:36   Spencer Dinwiddie missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
1:33   Defensive rebound by Mason Plumlee  
1:21   Michael Porter Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:18   Defensive rebound by DeAndre Jordan  
1:09 +2 Joe Harris made finger-roll layup, assist by DeAndre Jordan 29-25
0:59   Monte Morris missed jump shot  
0:58   Defensive rebound by DeAndre Jordan  
0:49 +3 Dzanan Musa made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Spencer Dinwiddie 32-25
0:37 +3 Jerami Grant made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Monte Morris 32-28
0:30 +3 Spencer Dinwiddie made 3-pt. jump shot 35-28
0:06   Monte Morris missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:02   Offensive rebound by Michael Porter Jr.  
0:00   Michael Porter Jr. missed dunk  
0:00   Defensive rebound by DeAndre Jordan  
0:00   End of period  

2nd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:49   Monte Morris missed floating jump shot, blocked by DeAndre Jordan  
11:47   Offensive rebound by Monte Morris  
11:44   Monte Morris missed jump shot  
11:42   Defensive rebound by DeAndre Jordan  
11:31   Bad pass turnover on Dzanan Musa, stolen by Monte Morris  
11:26 +2 Monte Morris made jump shot, assist by Mason Plumlee 35-30
11:02   DeAndre Jordan missed dunk, blocked by Jerami Grant  
10:59   Defensive rebound by Juancho Hernangomez  
10:53   Juancho Hernangomez missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:49   Defensive rebound by Nicolas Claxton  
10:42 +3 Joe Harris made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Dzanan Musa 38-30
10:26   Mason Plumlee missed jump shot  
10:23   Defensive rebound by Dzanan Musa  
10:10   Spencer Dinwiddie missed driving layup  
10:08   Defensive rebound by Juancho Hernangomez  
9:55 +2 Jerami Grant made driving layup, assist by Monte Morris 38-32
9:44   Joe Harris missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:41   Defensive rebound by Juancho Hernangomez  
9:32   Mason Plumlee missed layup  
9:30   Defensive rebound by DeAndre Jordan  
9:15   Garrett Temple missed driving layup  
9:13   Defensive rebound by Jerami Grant  
9:10   Shooting foul on Spencer Dinwiddie  
9:10 +1 Monte Morris made 1st of 2 free throws 38-33
9:10   Monte Morris missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
9:08   Defensive rebound by DeAndre Jordan  
8:46   Joe Harris missed floating jump shot  
8:45   Defensive rebound by Mason Plumlee  
8:35   Will Barton missed floating jump shot  
8:32   Defensive rebound by Garrett Temple  
8:29 +2 Spencer Dinwiddie made finger-roll layup 40-33
8:29   Shooting foul on Mason Plumlee  
8:29 +1 Spencer Dinwiddie made free throw 41-33
8:11 +2 Jerami Grant made fade-away jump shot 41-35
8:02 +2 Spencer Dinwiddie made floating jump shot 43-35
7:51   Mason Plumlee missed floating jump shot  
7:46   Defensive rebound by David Nwaba  
7:38 +2 David Nwaba made jump shot, assist by Spencer Dinwiddie 45-35
7:25   Gary Harris missed floating jump shot  
7:23   BKN team rebound  
7:05 +2 Joe Harris made floating jump shot 47-35
6:52 +2 Nikola Jokic made floating jump shot, assist by Jamal Murray 47-37
6:31   Garrett Temple missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:26   Offensive rebound by David Nwaba  
6:18   Joe Harris missed driving layup  
6:16   Defensive rebound by Gary Harris  
6:03   Will Barton missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:01   Offensive rebound by Nikola Jokic  
5:59   Paul Millsap missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:54   Defensive rebound by DeAndre Jordan  
5:49   Bad pass turnover on Garrett Temple, stolen by Jamal Murray  
5:42   Jamal Murray missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:39   Defensive rebound by David Nwaba  
5:30   Kyrie Irving missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:28   DEN team rebound  
5:11   Will Barton missed finger-roll layup  
5:08   Defensive rebound by Taurean Waller-Prince  
4:50 +2 Taurean Waller-Prince made jump shot 49-37
4:31 +2 Nikola Jokic made floating jump shot, assist by Jamal Murray 49-39
4:08 +3 Garrett Temple made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Taurean Waller-Prince 52-39
3:56   Nikola Jokic missed jump shot  
3:52   Defensive rebound by Taurean Waller-Prince  
3:46   Jarrett Allen missed floating jump shot  
3:46   BKN team rebound  
3:38 +3 Taurean Waller-Prince made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Spencer Dinwiddie 55-39
3:12   Jamal Murray missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:08   Defensive rebound by Kyrie Irving  
3:04   Kyrie Irving missed layup  
3:02   Defensive rebound by Nikola Jokic  
2:53 +2 Paul Millsap made driving dunk 55-41
2:43   Kyrie Irving missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:41   Defensive rebound by Nikola Jokic  
2:32   Shooting foul on Garrett Temple  
2:32 +1 Paul Millsap made 1st of 2 free throws 55-42
2:32   Paul Millsap missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
2:30   Defensive rebound by Taurean Waller-Prince  
2:13   Shooting foul on Paul Millsap  
2:13   Jarrett Allen missed 1st of 2 free throws  
2:13   BKN team rebound  
2:13   Jarrett Allen missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
2:11   Defensive rebound by Paul Millsap  
2:00   Will Barton missed floating jump shot  
1:56   Offensive rebound by Paul Millsap  
1:55   Paul Millsap missed dunk  
1:52   Defensive rebound by Taurean Waller-Prince  
1:40 +2 Jarrett Allen made layup, assist by Kyrie Irving 57-42
1:22   Personal foul on Spencer Dinwiddie  
1:15 +2 Paul Millsap made layup, assist by Will Barton 57-44
1:02   Taurean Waller-Prince missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:59   Defensive rebound by Will Barton  
0:48 +2 Nikola Jokic made hook shot 57-46
0:39 +2 Kyrie Irving made jump shot 59-46
0:31   Jamal Murray missed jump shot  
0:28   Defensive rebound by Taurean Waller-Prince  
0:08 +2 Taurean Waller-Prince made finger-roll layup, assist by Kyrie Irving 61-46
0:02 +3 Nikola Jokic made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jamal Murray 61-49
0:00   End of period  

3rd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:48   Bad pass turnover on Jamal Murray, stolen by Joe Harris  
11:40   Taurean Waller-Prince missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:38   BKN team rebound  
11:38   Personal foul on Nikola Jokic  
11:30   Jarrett Allen missed hook shot  
11:29   Defensive rebound by Gary Harris  
11:20 +2 Gary Harris made finger-roll layup, assist by Nikola Jokic 61-51
11:05   Kyrie Irving missed jump shot  
11:01   Defensive rebound by Gary Harris  
11:00   Flagrant foul on Gary Harris  
11:00   Turnover on Gary Harris  
11:00 +1 Garrett Temple made 1st of 2 free throws 62-51
11:00 +1 Garrett Temple made 2nd of 2 free throws 63-51
10:43   Jarrett Allen missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:40   Offensive rebound by Joe Harris  
10:36 +2 Jarrett Allen made alley-oop shot, assist by Taurean Waller-Prince 65-51
10:14   Paul Millsap missed turnaround jump shot  
10:10   Offensive rebound by Paul Millsap  
10:10   Paul Millsap missed dunk  
10:10   Defensive rebound by Joe Harris  
10:07   Joe Harris missed layup  
10:05   Offensive rebound by Jarrett Allen  
10:06   Shooting foul on Paul Millsap  
10:06 +1 Jarrett Allen made 1st of 2 free throws 66-51
10:06