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Jokic shines as Nuggets dominate Lakers

Agence France-Presse



Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets catches the rebound against the Los Angeles Lakers at the Ball Arena in Denver, Colorado. (AFP)

Nikola Jokic scored a triple-double of 23 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists to lead the Denver Nuggets to a one-sided 122-105 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers, who lost Anthony Davis when he aggravated an Achilles injury on Sunday.

Canada’s Jamal Murray scored 25 points, Zeke Nnaji had 16 and Facundo Campazzo tallied 15 for the Nuggets in the battle between the two teams that met in the Western Conference finals last season.

Jokic recorded his sixth triple-double of the season.

LeBron James delivered 22 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists for the Lakers, who had their seven-game winning streak halted.

Los Angeles wilted in the second half when Davis headed to the dressing room after re-injuring his right Achilles.

Davis left with 2:39 left in the third quarter after he bumped legs with Jokic.

He shot his free throws then limped off the court — he will undergo an MRI on Monday.

“I don’t want to mess around with this type of injury,” he said. “Just trying to figure out the best steps.”

Davis, who finished with 15 points in 14 minutes, missed two games last week with tendonitis of the Achilles.