Jokic scores 29, Nuggets hold off struggling Lakers 127-121


Published 1:15 a.m. ET Jan. 18, 2017 | Updated 9 minutes ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — All the Denver Nuggets needed was a trip across the Atlantic Ocean to find their groove.

After snapping a five-game losing streak Thursday with a win over the Indiana Pacers in London, the Nuggets have returned to find home suddenly more accommodating. They held off a furious rally by the Los Angeles Lakers for a 127-121 victory Tuesday night that marked their third straight.

Denver led by 19 late in the third quarter only to see the Lakers close to 120-119 with under two minutes to play. Wilson Chandler responded with a dunk and scored five points in the final 1:40 as the Nuggets hung on.

“They had all the momentum and the crowd going, but we had enough poise down the stretch to get the win,” coach Michael Malone said.

Denver’s offense was led by center Nikola Jokic, who had 29 points and 15 rebounds. Will Barton added 26…

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