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Grant, Jokic power Nuggets to sixth straight win

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DENVER -- Two days before Thanksgiving, Jerami Grant was clearly appreciative of his teammates.

Nikola Jokic had a season-high 20 rebounds and opened some lanes for Grant, who added a season-best 20 points, leading the Denver Nuggets to a 117-104 win over the Washington Wizards Tuesday night.

"I just think I had it going," Grant told Altitude TV, "and my teammates did a good job of finding me."

Jokic finished one rebound shy of his career best and scored eight points in Denver's sixth straight win.

Will Barton had 17 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, Jamal Murray added 16 points and Mason Plumlee scored 15 for the Nuggets, who are 10-1 in November and ended a three-game home losing streak against the Wizards.

"I think we're just gelling as a team," Grant said. "I think everyone is coming out, and doing their own job. And that's making it easy."

Denver held one of the NBA's prolific offenses to its second-fewest point total of the season. Washington entered the game averaging 119.1 points and had failed to score at least 100 points just once in 15 games. It needed 35 in the fourth to reach 100 this time.

Bradley Beal, the Wizards leading scorer averaging 29.6 points, was held to 14 points on 6-for-15 shooting. He was 2 of 10 from behind the 3-point line.

Jordan McRae had 21 points and Moritz Wagner and Davis Bertans each finished with 14.

The Nuggets grabbed control in the second quarter, opening a 17-point lead after Washington led 27-26 early in the period. Grant had 15 points in the second and 16 in the half as Denver took a 64-47 lead into the break.

"We weren't hitting too many shots early," Grant said. "We just knew we had to lock in. We didn't want to make it a tougher game than it needed, we knew we had to lock it in offensively."

The Nuggets pushed the lead to 20 points in the third quarter and after Washington closed within 14 midway through the fourth quarter, Barton converted a rare 4-point play to make it 107-89.

Those were the only four points of the fourth for Barton, who was the only Denver starter to play in the quarter.


Published at Wed, 27 Nov 2019 05:28:02 +0000