Jokic, Nuggets snap Lakers’ win-run


    NIKOLA Jokic had 23 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists, Jamal Murray scored 25, and the host Denver Nuggets beat the Los Angeles Lakers 122-105 on Sunday night (Monday in Manila).

    Zeke Nnaji had 16 points, Facundo Campazzo scored 15 and Monte Morris and Paul Millsap had 10 each for the Nuggets.

    LeBron James had 22 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists for Los Angeles, which lost forward Anthony Davis when he aggravated a right Achilles injury.

    Davis left with 2:39 left in the second quarter after he bumped legs with Jokic. He stayed in to shoot free throws but left with tendonosis of the right Achilles. ESPN reported he will have an MRI done.

    Davis, who finished with 15 points in 14 minutes, missed two games last week with an Achilles injury.

    Kyle Kuzma scored 19 and Alex Caruso 11 for the Lakers, who had their seven-game winning streak snapped.

    In other games, it was the Blazers 121, Mavericks 118; Thunder 114, Bucks 109; Wizards 104, Celtics 91; Suns 109, Magic 90; Spurs 122, Hornets 110; Pistons 123, Pelicans 112; Clippers 128, Cavs 111; and Grizzlies 124; Kings 110.

    Blazers 121, Mavericks 118

    Damian Lillard scored 34 points, dished 11 assists, and made the decisive 3-pointer as the Portland Trail Blazers weathered 44 points from Luka Doncic to beat the host Dallas Mavericks.

    Dorian Finney-Smith (14 points) knocked down a 3-pointer on one of Doncic’s nine assists with 49.5 seconds remaining, forcing a tie at 116. His basket set the stage for Lillard’s go-ahead 3-pointer, a top-of-the-key step-back in isolation with Finney-Smith defending with 32.8 seconds left.