Nuggets Beat Clippers 110-104, Win 5th in a row, Move to 3rd Place in West

MVP Candidate Nikola Jokic acknowledging the Nuggets Crowd Thursday at Ball Arena (Photo: Justin Tafoya/Getty Images)

The Nuggets continue to find ways to win games without Jamal Murray as they won their 5th straight, and 9th in their last 10 games since the Blue Arrow went down for the year, 110-104 in Los Angeles last night over the Clippers. The win allowed Denver to leapfrog the Clippers by a half game into 3rd place in the Western Conference Standings.

Nikola Jokic continued to play like the leading MVP candidate he is, scoring 30(or more) for the 19th time this season, grabbing 14 rebounds and dishing out 7 assists, none bigger than the one to Facu Campazzo in the corner for a wide-open 3 with 1:08 left in the game.

Joker didn't do it alone. Michael Porter Jr. continued to score with ease as he was the 2nd leading scorer in the game with 25, to go with 7 boards. And P.J. Dozier had 16, but it was his defense on Paul George that put a smile on Head Coach Michael Malone's Face.

The Nuggets will stay in L.A. and take on the other Staples center tenant, the Lakers on Monday. The defending champs, who currently occupy the 6th seed, and would be Denver's opening round opponent, got a shot in the proverbial arm with the return of LeBron James to the lineup Friday in a loss to Sacramento.

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