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Denver Nuggets

Denver moves into 3rd in West with 110-104 win over Clippers


Denver Nuggets

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nikola Jokic had 30 points and 14 rebounds, Michael Porter Jr. scored 25 and the Denver Nuggets moved past the Los Angeles Clippers for the third seed in the Western Conference with a 110-104 victory Saturday night. Denver, which is a half-game in front of Los Angeles at 43-21, has won five straight and is 9-1 since Jamal Murray went down with a torn ACL in his left knee on April 12. Paul George led the Clippers with 20 points and Rajon Rondo added 18. Kawhi Leonard returned to the lineup after missing nine of the past 10 games due to right foot soreness and had 16 points. Cousins also scored 16 for LA, which has dropped its last three and had a seven-game home winning streak snapped.