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Nikola Jokic scores 25 points, Nuggets beat Knicks 111-105

Nikola Jokic made a late go-ahead 3-pointer and finished with scored 25 points to help the Denver Nuggets hold off the New York Knicks 111-105 on Sunday night.

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 for their 12th straight victory over the Knicks in Denver.

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.

New York Knicks forward Marcus Morris Sr., front, picks up the ball as Denver Nuggets forward Torrey Craig defends in the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019, in Denver. (AP PhotoDavid Zalubowski)

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 went led by as many as five points before Denver fought 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 capped an 11-0 run that stretched Denver's lead to 109-100.

TIP-INS

New York Knicks guard Elfrid Payton, left, recovers a loose ball as Denver Nuggets forward Torrey Craig falls on the court in the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019, in Denver. The Nuggets won 111-105. (AP PhotoDavid Zalubowski)

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.

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New York Knicks fans wear paper bags on their heads as the Knicks take the court to face the Denver Nuggets in an NBA basketball game Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019, in Denver. (AP PhotoDavid Zalubowski)

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