Nikola Jokic scored 24 points, including the go-ahead basket with 28.9 seconds left, as Denver overcame a 25-point, second-half deficit to beat the Grizzlies 95-92 in Memphis on Monday night.
Will Barton’s 3-pointer with 43 seconds remaining gave the Nuggets their first lead of the game at 91-89. After a 3-pointer by Memphis’ Justin Holiday, Jokic scored inside to put Denver ahead to stay.
Malik Beasley had 18 points, 13 in the fourth quarter to key Denver’s rally. Barton had 20 points as the Nuggets moved to 34-15, the best start in franchise history.
Marc Gasol led Memphis with 28 points and nine rebounds, and Mike Conley had 23 points and 11 assists.
Hawks 123, Clippers 118: Trae Young scored 26 points and John Collins added 22 for visiting Atlanta, which had lost five in a row to the Clippers dating to March 5, 2016. Alex Len had 19 points and nine rebounds off the bench for the Hawks. Tobias Harris scored 30 points for the Clippers, whose three-game winning streak ended on the second night of a back-to-back. Lou Williams finished with 21 points and nine assists, and Montrezl Harrell had 18 points.
Celtics 112, Nets 104: Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart each scored 21 points for host Boston, which ended injury-riddled Brooklyn’s six-game winning streak. Aron Baynes had 16 points, Marcus Morris 15 and Al Horford and Terry Rozier each had 14 for the Celtics, who tied a franchise record with 16 blocked shots and won for the sixth time in seven games. Boston guard Kyrie Irving sat out because of a hip injury and is considered “day to day” by head coach Brad Stevens.
Hornets 101, Knicks 92: Kemba Walker and Tony Parker each had 15 points, Malik Monk had four 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and host Charlotte handed New York its 10th straight loss. Monk scored 12 of his 14 points in the fourth quarter to help ignite a 17-1 run as Charlotte improved to 17-8 at home. Kevin Knox had 19 points and Tim Hardaway Jr. 17 for the Knicks, who have won one game since beating the Hornets on Dec. 14.
Surgeries: Indiana guard Victor Oladipo underwent surgery for a ruptured tendon in his right knee. He has been ruled out for the rest of this season. … Brooklyn guard Spencer Dinwiddie had surgery on torn ligaments in his right thumb. The team did not provide a timeline for his return.
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