DENVER (AP) — The Denver Nuggets snapped a three-game skid with a 103-87 win over the Miami Heat on Monday night behind 23 points and 12 rebounds from Nikola Jokic and 20 points from Malik Beasley.
The Nuggets swept the season series from the Heat for the first time since 2008-09 and improved to 18-1 when holding opponents under 100 points.
And the Heat were coming off a heartbreaking two-point loss at Golden State on Sunday in which they sank 18 3-pointers.
Jokic had a pair of 3-pointers as he scored Denver’s final 8 points before the break, helping the Nuggets take a 54-49 halftime lead.
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra didn’t want to harp on the Heat’s 120-118 loss at Golden State a night earlier after the NBA said the Warriors’ Kevin Durant should have been called for a discontinued dribble in his team’s final possession.
Golden State made a pair of free throws on that possession, the final points of the game.
Heat: Miami, the league’s only team with more wins on the road, fell to 14-14 on the road.
… Spoelstra looked at the silver lining of facing the Western Conference’s top two teams on back-to-back nights, saying before the game: “What do you want as a competitor?
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