Nikola Jokic had a season-high 39 factors to go together with 11 rebounds and 9 assists, and the Nuggets spoiled the Denver debut of Victor Wembanyama with a 132-120 win over San Antonio on Sunday night time, sending the Spurs to their twelfth straight loss.
Wembanyama, the highest decide within the June draft, completed with 22 factors, 11 rebounds and 6 steals however could not cease San Antonio’s slide. It’s the third longest dropping streak in franchise historical past. The Spurs misplaced 13 in a row within the 1988-89 season and 16 in a row final season.
Michael Porter Jr. scored 25 factors and Reggie Jackson had 20 for Denver, which improved to 8-0 at residence. The Nuggets had dropped 4 of 5 on their current street journey, together with a loss to Houston on Friday night time that eradicated them from the NBA In-Season Event.
Nuggets ahead Aaron Gordon sat out with a proper heel pressure that was bothering him within the blowout loss in opposition to the Rockets, a recreation during which he missed all 12 of his subject objective makes an attempt. Justin Vacation made his first begin of the season rather than Gordon.
Denver coach Michael Malone mentioned he would shake up his rotation within the wake of the 1-4 street journey and it meant DeAndre Jordan getting time as Jokic’s backup. The veteran had six factors and 5 rebounds in six minutes within the first half and made all three of his photographs from the sector.
The Nuggets led by 4 after the primary quarter and 68-48 late within the second earlier than San Antonio rallied to get inside 12 at halftime. The Spurs opened the third on a 7-2 run however Denver outscored them 33-17 the remainder of the interval to steer by 23 heading into the fourth.
Wembanyama almost had a spotlight dunk within the second half when he soared to the basket, however Julian Strawther fouled him to disclaim the bucket.
San Antonio: Hosts Atlanta on Thursday
Denver: On the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night time.