NBA: Nuggets survive Jazz in roller-coaster win

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Posted at Aug 09 2020 06:50 AM | Updated as of Aug 09 2020 07:14 AM

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Nikola Jokic scored 30 points and pulled down 11 rebounds, and the Denver Nuggets came back from 18 points down and survived a late meltdown in regulation before putting away the Utah Jazz 134-132 in double overtime on Saturday (US time).

Denver chipped away at the huge deficit to go up 104-98 with 19.4 seconds left in the fourth quarter and looked on its way to victory.

But Donovan Mitchell scored 7 points in 10 seconds to force the first overtime.

In the extension, Mitchell's jumper gave Utah a 119-117 lead with 3.4 seconds remaining, as the Jazz smelled a win.

The Nuggets proved they were clutch, too, though, as Jokic's bucket knotted the score with 3-tenths of a second on the clock and Jordan Clarkson's attempt at a game-winner misfired, leading to another overtime.

There, even with Denver ahead 132-126 with 22 seconds left, that cushion didn't look safe either.

Three-pointers by Mike Conley and Mitchell made it 134-132, and Jamal Murray missed 2 free throws with 4.2 seconds left, giving the Jazz one more chance to extend the game or take it outright.

But Utah couldn't get a clear shot, and Denver came away with the win.

Michael Porter Jr. had 23 points and 11 rebounds, and Murray (hamstring) returned after missing 4 games to add 23 points, 12 rebounds and 8 assists for the Nuggets.

Mitchell finished with 35 points, Conley 20 points, Joe Ingles 11 points and 13 assists, and Rudy Gobert 22 points and 13 rebounds for Utah.

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