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DENVER (AP) — Nikola Jokic had another triple-double with 40 points and 27 rebounds to help the Denver Nuggets beat the Charlotte Hornets 119-115 on Sunday night.

Jokic also had 10 assists for his fifth triple-double of the season and 81st overall. He had 20 rebounds in the first half.

Wilt Chamberlain is the only player with at least 40 points, 27 rebounds and 10 assists in an NBA game. He did it four times, most recently when he had 53 points, 32 rebounds and 14 assists for Philadelphia on March 18, 1968.

Jokic sealed the victory with two free throws in 13 seconds.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope added 20 points and Aaron Gordon had 19 as the Nuggets handed the Hornets their eighth straight loss.

LaMelo Ball scored 31 points for Charlotte. Kelly Oubre Jr. scored 16 points and Gordon Hayward scored 15.

Up three before halftime, Denver extended its lead to 94-80 in the fourth quarter, fueled by Jokic’s 11-point third period.


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