Jokic's triple-double leads Nuggets to sixth-straight win

Nuggets Raptors Basketball

Nuggets Raptors Basketball

Denver Nuggets head coach Michael Malone hailed Nikola Jokic's "phenomenal" showing in the 106-103 beating of the Toronto Raptors and believes the giant centre still has another gear to go to.

Jokic recorded his second triple-double of the season in the victory, netting 23 points with 15 assists and 11 rebounds for the Nuggets. The only Raptors player Denver had a hard time guarding was Kawhi Leonard, who finished the night with a game-high 27 points.

Nuggets enjoyed their sixth straight win and snapped Toronto's winning streak at eight.

Unfortunately for Jokic, whose 31.3 three point percentage this season is his lowest so far in his career, the remarkable no-look basket was ruled out by the referee due to the foul.

A three by C.J. Miles brought the sleepy Scotiabank Arena crowd to life, pulling Toronto to within a point with eight minutes to play.

Beasley's 3-pointer from the corner gave Denver a 3-point lead.

Denver led 27-24 after the first quarter after going ahead with an 8-0 run.

After Toronto missed two shots, Hernangomez made one of two free throws with 12 seconds to play to boost the lead to two.

It was not just Jokic who lit up the first half stat sheet as Murray also poured in 12 points on 5-of-10 shooting from the field, 2-of-4 from distance.

Blake Griffin led Detroit with 20 points. As long as the Nuggets could find a way to stop Leonard in the final quarter, they had a pretty good shot of walking out of Toronto with the win. Leonard tied the game on a fadeaway jumper with seven seconds left. Beginning of the game, end of the game, they made some tough ones.

Denver was definitely the better team for the majority of the night.

Julius Randle had 37 points, but the New Orleans Pelicans fell to the Los Angeles Clippers 129-126, with Tobias Harris sinking two free throws at the death to secure the win.