NBA Game Recap - Denver at Atlanta
Mon Jan 6, 2020 7:30 PM EST

IND
115
CHA
104
F
BOS
94
WAS
99
F
OKC
113
PHI
120
F
BKN
89
ORL
101
F
DEN
123
ATL
115
F
UTA
128
NO
126
F
MIL
104
SA
126
F
CHI
110
DAL
118
F
GS
98
SAC
111
F

Denver 123, Atlanta 115

Jan 6, 2020, 7:30 PM EST

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Denver (25-11)

29

35

27

32

123

Atlanta (8-29)

31

25

30

29

115

Nuggets beat Hawks behind Jokic's career-high 47 points
Mon Jan 6, 2020 11:47 PM

ATLANTA (AP) Nikola Jokic wasn't keeping track of his points as the night wore on. He just knew he was scoring a lot.

"I never know that," he said. "I just liked the flow of the game. I think I made a few shots and got to the line a little bit and I think the flow was really good for me."

Jokic scored a career-high 47 points, Will Barton added a season-best 28 and the Denver Nuggets held off the Atlanta Hawks 123-115 on Monday.

The Nuggets, coming off a surprising loss at Washington two nights earlier, have won four of six to improve to 25-11, second-best in the Western Conference. Atlanta, worst in the NBA at 8-29, has dropped 11 of 13.

Trae Young finished with 29 points and Kevin Huerter had 22 for the Hawks.

Jokic surpassed his previous career high of 41 points with a putback that gave Denver a 114-109 lead with 3:14 remaining. Jamal Murray followed with a turnaround jumper in the lane and Barton put back his own miss to put the Nuggets up 118-109 at the 1:57 mark.

That essentially ended all hopes for the Hawks, but it wasn't entirely easy for Denver.

After John Collins' dunk cut the lead to 91-88 just 22 seconds into the fourth quarter, Nuggets coach Michael Malone called a timeout. Monte Morris followed with a runner and Michael Porter Jr. jammed in a putback to make it 95-88.

The Hawks cut the margin to one before Barton found Morris for an alley-oop and hit a 3-pointer to make it 106-100 with 6:54 remaining. Atlanta pulled within two on Young's 35-footer with 4:24 left, and Malone called another timeout. The move worked as the Hawks made just three field goals the rest of the way.

Huerter's second straight 3 cut the lead to two at the 6:07 mark of the third, and Malone called a timeout. Jokic quickly followed with a jumper, then stole the ball in the lane from Alex Len to set up Murray's two free throws.

"Jokic is definitely a very skilled player," Collins said. "I felt like he got to the line a lot tonight, which gave him a little bit of a boost, but I still feel like down the stretch and for four quarters we did a solid job just trying to make him take tough shots. We did the best we could."

Jerami Grant's three-point play made it 36-34 at the 9:37 mark of the second, and the Nuggets didn't trail again. About three minutes later, Grant rebounded a missed Hawks shot and drove for a layup that gave Denver its first double-digit lead.

Murray's layup in the final second put the Nuggets up by nine at halftime.

TIP-INS

Nuggets: Murray and Barton both returned after overcoming minor injuries that caused them to leave in the third. Murray, who finished with 16 points after scoring a season-high 39 at Washington, knelt down before slowly walking off the floor after getting tangled up on Len's hard screen. Barton's right knee knocked against De'Andre Hunter's knee early in the third. ... Murray missed a free throw in the third, ending a streak of 37 straight makes from the foul line. ... It was Barton's 29th birthday. ... Denver outrebounded the Hawks 40-34 and has won 12 straight and 17 of 19 when leading on the boards. ... The Nuggets are 7-4 in games decided by 10 points or fewer.

Hawks: Young made a dazzling move early in the fourth, faking a behind-the-back pass as he was driving past Morris and Porter to dribble the ball between his legs before making a right-handed layup. ... F Vince Carter, a 42-year-old in his final season, jumped in the lane to block Gary Harris' dunk attempt out of bounds midway through the fourth. ... F Jabari Parker, the team's third-leading scorer, missed his fourth straight game with a right shoulder impingement.

MORE JOKIC

Jokic's previous career high was set Nov. 7, 2017, at home against Brooklyn. His previous season high, 31, came at home nine days ago against Memphis.

"We go as he goes," Barton said. "I feel like no one can stop him."

AVENGED

The Nuggets lost 125-121 to the Hawks at home in mid-November as Young had 42 points and 11 assists. Denver had dropped nine of 11 in Atlanta.

"The Hawks beat us on our home court," Barton said. "We had to come in and handle business."

UP NEXT

Nuggets: At the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday.

Hawks: Host the Houston Rockets on Wednesday.

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Leaders

Denver PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
N. Jokic 47 0 5 8 2 1
W. Barton 28 4 5 9 0 1
Atlanta PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
V. Carter 0 0 2 2 0 2
T. Young 29 7 12 4 0 0

Team Comparison

DEN ATL
Points For 123 115
Field Goals 47/92-51% 35/77-45%
Three Pointers 9/27-33% 18/39-46%
Free Throws 20/27-74% 27/32-84%
Offensive Rebounds 7 4
Defensive Rebounds 34 30
Rebounds 53 46
Blocks 6 5
Steals 4 3
Turnovers 4 10
Points Scored Off Turnovers 13 4
Points in the Paint 58 34
Fast Break Points 5 13
Personal Fouls 23 22
Technical Fouls 0 3
Flagrant Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - Series Tied 1-1

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Tue Nov 12 ATL 125 @ DEN 121 T. Wallace 3 M. Porter 2
Mon Jan 6 DEN 123 @ ATL 115 P. Millsap 2 D. Bembry 2

Game Information

Stadium: State Farm Arena, Atlanta, Georgia
Attendance: 15,286
Game Time: 2:17