NBA Game Recap - New York at Denver
Sun Dec 15, 2019 8:00 PM EST

ORL
130
NO
119
F
CHA
85
IND
107
F
PHI
89
BKN
109
F
LAL
101
ATL
96
F
NY
105
DEN
111
F
SAC
100
GS
79
F

Denver 111, New York 105

Dec 15, 2019, 8:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

3

4

T

New York (6-21)

22

29

33

21

105

Denver (17-8)

33

34

20

24

111

Nikola Jokic scores 25 points, Nuggets beat Knicks 111-105
Sun Dec 15, 2019 11:57 PM

DENVER (AP) Little went right for the Denver Nuggets in a rough third quarter. They made up for it with a big finish.

Nikola Jokic scored 11 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter, including a late go-ahead 3-pointer, to help the Nuggets hold off the New York Knicks 111-105 on Sunday night.

"That third quarter, we defended absolutely nobody," said Nuggets coach Michael Malone, whose squad blew nearly all of a 16-point halftime lead while being outscored 33-20 in the third. "What I liked about that fourth was 21 points allowed, 29 percent shooting from the field (by the Knicks). Our defense stepped up when it needed to. Offensively, guys stepped up and made some plays and made some big shots."

Will Barton had 16 points, Gary Harris added 15 and Jamal Murray had 14, including a key 3-pointer in the late going. The Nuggets, who led by as many as 20 points, hung on for their 12th straight victory over the Knicks in Denver.

"We just stuck with it," Murray said. "We know how good of a team we are. I think we just took it to another level in terms of our intensity and focus, especially in those last seven minutes."

Marcus Morris led New York with 22 points. The Knicks were coming off back-to-back road wins under interim coach Mike Miller. They played Denver 11 days ago in New York and lost by 37 points, a setback that preceded the firing of David Fizdale as coach.

Miller said he liked the way the Knicks fought back to make a game of it.

"We put ourselves in a good position," Miller said. "If we can put ourselves in the position where, with four minutes to play, we have a chance to win, then we're doing what we need to do."

Taj Gibson banked in a shot to put the Knicks up 91-89 with 9:50 left to play their first lead since the opening minutes. New York led by as many as five points before Denver came back to tie it at 98 on Barton's 3-pointer.

Jokic connected on a 3-pointer and Denver regained the lead at 102-100. His driving layup with 24.4 seconds left capped an 11-0 run that stretched Denver's lead to 109-100.

ENCOURAGING TRIP

The Knicks finished 2-2 on their four-game West Coast swing, including winning successive games for the first time this season.

"We grew a lot this road trip," said Julius Randle, who finished with 20 points. "Being able to come out .500 on a road trip is always good. We gave ourselves a chance to make it a great one, being up four late in the fourth. We didn't capitalize and missed some easy shots. They made shots and we lost. We get to come home and give ourselves a chance to start up again and play good again."

TIP-INS

Knicks: Guard Allonzo Trier was inactive for a second consecutive game because of a concussion.

Nuggets: Forward Paul Millsap missed a second straight game because of a right quadricep strain.

UP NEXT

Knicks: Host Atlanta on Tuesday night

Nuggets: Host Orlando on Wednesday night.

Leaders

New York PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
D. Dotson 0 -15 0 0 0 0
M. Morris Sr. 22 0 0 5 1 0
Denver PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
N. Jokic 25 4 5 10 1 1
W. Barton 16 4 4 9 2 1

Team Comparison

NY DEN
Points For 105 111
Field Goals 44/94-47% 44/94-47%
Three Pointers 8/32-25% 10/28-36%
Free Throws 9/10-90% 13/19-68%
Offensive Rebounds 14 17
Defensive Rebounds 33 31
Rebounds 53 54
Blocks 2 6
Steals 9 5
Turnovers 11 9
Points Scored Off Turnovers 10 12
Points in the Paint 56 58
Fast Break Points 12 14
Personal Fouls 19 9
Technical Fouls 0 2
Flagrant Fouls 1 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - DEN Leads Series 2-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Thu Dec 5 DEN 129 @ NY 92 M. Porter Jr. 6 W. Ellington 2
Sun Dec 15 NY 105 @ DEN 111 T. Gibson 6 M. Morris 2

Game Information

Stadium: Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado
Attendance: 18,867
Game Time: 2:08