Nuggets pull away to defeat Thunder

Nikola Jokic scored 36 points, including five free throws in the final moments, and the Nuggets fended off Oklahoma City’s late rally for a 121-112 victory Tuesday night in Denver in a matchup of two of the top three teams in the Western Conference standings.

Jokic added 10 assists and nine rebounds to finish just shy of his 13th triple-double this season for the Nuggets, who won their fifth straight and ninth in a row at home. They improved to 3-0 against the Thunder this season, clinching the four-game season series between the Northwest Division rivals.

Will Barton added 23 points and Jamal Murray 20 for Denver, which extended its division lead over the Thunder to four games.

The Thunder’s Russell Westbrook finish an assist shy of a triple-double with 22 points, 14 rebounds and nine assists. Jerami Grant added 21 points.

Raptors 118, Celtics 95: Pascal Siakam scored 25 points, Kawhi Leonard had 21 and host Toronto used a huge second quarter to rout struggling Boston. Serge Ibaka scored 14 points and Norm Powell added 11 as the Raptors extended their home winning streak over Boston to eight.

Knicks 108, Magic 103: Emmanuel Mudiay, Mitchell Robinson and the rest of New York’s backups outscored the Orlando reserves 75-7 in winning at Madison Square Garden. Mudiay finished with 19 points and Robinson added 17 to help the Knicks win their second straight game at home after they dropped 18 in a row at MSG.

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