Jokic puts up a HUGE triple-double as the Nuggets beat the Suns

Nikola Jokic puts up another HUGE triple-double as the Denver Nuggets outlast the Suns in overtime… while Phoenix star Devin Booker only lasts four minutes in his return from a groin injury

  • The Denver Nuggets beat the Phoenix Suns 128-125 in overtime on Sunday night
  • Nikola Jokic put up a triple-double, with 41 points, 15 rebounds and 15 assists
  • Aaron Gordon threw down a pivotal dunk that stood up after a review in overtime
  • While Phoenix star Devin Booker lasted only 4:20 in his return from a groin injury
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Nikola Jokic had another monster triple-double, Aaron Gordon threw down a pivotal dunk that stood up after a review in overtime and the Denver Nuggets rallied for a 128-125 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Sunday night.

Jokic had 41 points, 15 rebounds and 15 assists for his 83rd career triple-double. The two-time reigning NBA MVP had a 40-point, 27-rebound, 10-assist outing a week ago.

Phoenix star Devin Booker lasted only 4:20 in his return from a groin injury, scoring two points after getting 58 against New Orleans in his previous start.

Nikola Jokic had another monster triple-double as the Nuggets beat the Suns in overtime

Jokic had 41 points, 15 rebounds and 15 assists for his 83rd career triple-double on Sunday

Jamal Murray tied it in regulation for Denver on a dunk with 10.7 seconds left. But it was Gordon’s overtime dunk that propelled the Nuggets to the victory. At first, he was called for an offensive foul, but a review determined that Landry Shamet was moving, awarding Gordon the basket and a free throw.

Phoenix had a chance to tie it in the closing seconds of overtime, only to throw away a pass.

The Suns, who led by 12 in the third quarter, set up for a winning play in regulation but Mikal Bridges was called for an offensive foul after accidentally running into a Denver player. Bridges atoned by blocking Murray’s shot just before the buzzer.

Aaron Gordon (No 50) threw down a pivotal dunk that stood up after a review in overtime

The Nuggets improved to 2-6 in games held on Christmas. The other win was in 1994 against Seattle.

Shamet came off the bench to score 31 points – matching his career high – on a night the Suns lost Booker again to the groin injury. Booker was just returning to the court after missing the last three games because of groin soreness.

Deandre Ayton added 22 points and 16 rebounds as Phoenix had six players in double figures. Chris Paul had 17 point and 16 assists, but missed five free throws.

Gordon finished with 28 points and Murray 26.

Phoenix star Devin Booker lasted only 4:20 in his return from a groin injury

Booker, wearing black, sits on the bench next to forward Torrey Craig in the first half

The Nuggets led by 15 points early in the game. Shamet scored 15 points in the second quarter to help Phoenix work its way back into the game.

Gordon wound up 11 of 18 from the field and Jokic 16 of 25. Both extended their streaks to 23 games of shooting .500 or better from the field, which broke the franchise record set by Nene in 2010-11.

This was the first of four meetings between the two teams. The Suns went 2-1 against Denver last season.

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