Mar 10, 2023; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Brooklyn Nets ahead Mikal Bridges (1) reacts to his shot towards the Minnesota Timberwolves throughout the first quarter at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports / Mar 10, 2023; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Brooklyn Nets ahead Mikal Bridges (1) reacts to his shot towards the Minnesota Timberwolves throughout the first quarter at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports
DENVER (AP) — Mikal Bridges scored 25 factors and the Brooklyn Nets withstood a late rally and one other triple-double by Nikola Jokic to beat the Denver Nuggets 122-120 on Sunday.
Nic Claxton had 20 factors and Dorian Finney-Smith and Spencer Dinwiddie added 15 factors every for Brooklyn, which has received 5 of its final six video games.
Jokic had 35 factors, 20 rebounds and 11 assists for his league-leading twenty seventh triple-double of the season however missed a contested 14-foot jumper with 5 seconds left that will have given the Nuggets the lead.
Michael Porter Jr. added 23 factors for Denver, which matched a season excessive with its third consecutive loss.
Trailing by eight factors on the break, Brooklyn fought again to take an 80-77 lead on Bridges’ jumper halfway by way of the third quarter. The Nets stretched their benefit to 98-87 going into the fourth quarter as Royce O’Neale and Joe Harris linked on successive 3-pointers within the remaining 40 seconds of the third interval.
Harris hit one other 3-pointer to offer the Nets a 109-94 benefit with 8:11 left, Brooklyn’s largest result in that time. The Nuggets didn’t go away, although, pulling inside 116-110 on a three-point play by Christian Braun and Jokic’s floater with 4:41 remaining.
Denver acquired inside 121-120 on a pair of free throws by Jokic with 41.6 seconds remaining and the Nuggets received a problem with 23.2 seconds left to reverse a foul name on Jokic and achieve possession, however Jokic then missed the potential go-ahead shot. The Nuggets fouled Bridges with 1.8 seconds remaining and he made one in all two free throws.
Jokic’s jumper on the buzzer fell quick.
Brooklyn opened a 49-39 lead on Seth Curry’s 3-pointer with 7:23 left within the second quarter however the Nuggets closed the interval on a 30-12 run to take a 69-61 halftime lead. Jokic ignited the flurry, scoring 10 of his factors in that span, and Jamal Murray capped it, pulling up from 33 ft to hit a 3-pointer simply earlier than the halftime buzzer.
Nets: G/F Ben Simmons was sidelined for a tenth consecutive recreation with left knee and again soreness. “He’s again dwelling in Brooklyn. We’ll get an opportunity to sort of see the place he’s at once we get again dwelling after this journey,” coach Jacque Vaughn mentioned.
Nuggets: F Vlatko Cancar was again in motion after lacking the previous 4 video games with a proper wrist sprain. … F Zeke Nnaji, a key a part of the staff’s rotation for many of the season, has been sidelined since Feb. 7 with a proper shoulder sprain. He is anticipated to have the damage re-evaluated quickly to find out if he can return earlier than the tip of the season. “Obviously what we’ve tried to do shouldn’t be have surgical procedure and provides his shoulder time to heal and get higher to see the place he’s at,” coach Michael Malone mentioned. “After tonight, there’s nonetheless 14 video games left so there’s nonetheless time left within the season.”
Nets: Conclude a five-game journey Tuesday night time at Oklahoma City.
Nuggets: At Toronto on Tuesday night time within the opener of a five-game journey.