Jokic had 19 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds in his sixth triple-double this season, and the Nuggets beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 124-102 on Saturday night. Jamal Murray scored 26 points as Denver won for the third time in four games, though the lone blemish in that span was a 31-point loss to Golden State earlier this week.
"We were focused," Jokic said. "We played the right way from the get-go."
"We played with a lot of energy," Murray added. "We played hard, we came out strong and we played for four quarters, which is great. We just have to keep going."
Added Gary Harris: "Besides a few slipups here and there, we've been taking care of the teams we need to take care of."
Cleveland closed out a six-game trip with its third consecutive loss. It has dropped 15 of 16 overall.
"We couldn't match their size," Cleveland coach Larry Drew said. "They are a big, physical team. We tried to move some things around. We tried to change the game up a little bit, play some zone, but in the end, their size just wore us down."
Jokic secured his 22nd career triple- double by late in the third quarter, and the Nuggets carried a 25-point lead into the fourth. They substituted freely throughout the final period.
Cavaliers: G J.R. Smith remains away from the team due to personal reasons. ... F Tristan Thompson was sidelined by left foot soreness.
Nuggets: F Juancho Hernangomez missed the game with an abdominal strain. ... Coach Michael Malone said there is still no timeline for the return of G Isaiah Thomas, who is rehabbing from right hip surgery that has sidelined him since last spring. Responding to a report that Thomas could return sometime in February, Malone said: "There is nothing that has been said about February. You will see him when he is ready to play."
Cavaliers: Return home to host the Chicago Bulls on Monday.
Nuggets: Play at Utah on Wednesday night.
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