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Porter scores 31 points, Nuggets knock off Grizzlies 120-96

DENVER (AP) – Michael Porter Jr. erupted for 31 points courtesy of a torrid shooting night, Paul Millsap added nine of his 12 points in the fourth quarter, and the short-handed Denver Nuggets beat the Memphis Grizzlies 120-96 on Monday. Nikola Jokic finished with 24 points and 15 rebounds for his league-leading 53rd double-double to help the Nuggets knock off Memphis at home for a sixth straight time. The Grizzlies’ last win in the Mile High City was February 262017.

Porter was 12 of 19 from the floor, including 3 of 6 from the 3-point range.

Denver pulled away early in the fourth quarter on the strength of a 12-0 run in which PJ Dozier (five points) and Millsap (seven) accounted for all the scoring.

From there, the Nuggets coasted to their sixth win in seven games.

Ja Morant added 27 points to lead the Grizzlies, who finished a seven-game trip with a 4-3 mark.

Due to proper hamstring ailments, the Nuggets were without Monte Morris and Will Barton. They were already missing Jamal Murray, who was sidelined for the season with a torn ACL. Gone with the trio was 44.2 points a game and 11.2 assists.


Aaron Gordon helped pick up the slack with 15 points.

Nuggets coach Michael Malone didn’t mince words when asked about the difference between the teams from a week ago when the Nuggets beat the Grizzlies 139-137 in double overtime.

“They are a lot healthier,” Malone said. “We are not.”

Memphis was missing Jonas Valanciunas, Jaren Jackson Jr., and Dillon Brooks in that game. On Monday night, Valanciunas finished with 13 points, Jackson 10, and Brooks nine despite foul trouble.


Grizzlies: Jackson and Kyle Anderson each had seven rebounds. … Morant had six assists and six boards.

Nuggets: F JaMychal Green picked up a technical in the fourth quarter.


Nuggets center JaVale McGee has found a way to chip in even when he’s not playing – as a cheerleader on the bench. It resonates with Malone.

“His energy, his positivity, supporting guys whether he’s playing or not, his voice in the locker room, has just been entertaining to watch,” Malone said. “I appreciate it so much, and I’ve told him that.”


Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins has seen his team’s cohesion blossom even more on this extended trip.

“We talk about these great growth opportunities, and our guys are relishing this opportunity,” Jenkins said. “The biggest takeaway? The togetherness of this team is getting more entrenched.”


Grizzlies: Kick off a brief two-game homestand Wednesday against Portland. Memphis beat the Trail Blazers in successive games last weekend.

Nuggets: Host Zion Williamson and the New Orleans Pelicans on WednesdThis season, ay. Denver is 1-1 against the Peliason, including a 113-108 win on MaMarch 26t New Orleans.

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