Simmons, Denver’s Jokic Team Up to Prove Trail Blazers Are the NBA’s Team to Beat

DENVER — Jonathon Simmons had 33 points and a game-high 13 rebounds as the San Antonio Spurs beat the Denver Nuggets 130-113 Thursday night.

It was the 13th time this season the Spurs have scored at least 130 points, the most in the NBA. It was San Antonio’s largest margin of victory against Denver.

Jokic tied a career high with his third straight triple-double. He had 17 points, 13 rebounds and 14 assists for the Nuggets. He missed only two shots in 25 minutes.

Four Spurs scored in double figures. DeMar DeRozan added 19 points, Rudy Gay 17 and Bryn Forbes 14.

Jamal Murray had 18 points and Monte Morris 16 for the Nuggets.

The Spurs scored 14 of the game’s first 20 points, capped by DeRozan’s dunk. Memphis’ Marc Gasol missed from the perimeter on San Antonio’s next possession, and Harris missed a 3-pointer that could have tied the game on Denver’s next trip.

With the Nuggets trailing 19-9, Jokic, the leading candidate for Western Conference player of the month for October-November, drew a foul on a driving layup with 4:54 left in the first quarter. He hit the free throw for his first points of the game.

The teams traded baskets for a few minutes before San Antonio took the lead and never looked back.

The Spurs led 65-53 at halftime and held on through three quarters for their fourth consecutive win.

The Spurs didn’t have coach Gregg Popovich during the game. Popovich skipped his usual pregame news conference, according to the NBA, which said he “is not feeling well.”

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