Nikola Jokic had 26 points, 19 rebounds and 11 assists for his 19th triple-double of the season, and the Denver Nuggets held on to beat the Charlotte Hornets 113-109
Aaron Gordon added 21 points and Will Barton scored 18 for the Nuggets, who earned a split of the season series.
Miles Bridges had 27 points and 11 rebounds and LaMelo Ball added 22 points, 11 assists and six rebounds for Charlotte, which fell to 1-13 in the second night
The loss dropped the Hornets to ninth place in the Eastern Conference, a half-game behind the idle Brooklyn Nets.
The Nuggets currently sit in sixth place in the Western Conference, so there’s a chance that they won’t host a playoff series.
But Denver has won a franchise-record 23 road games this season, so Jokic doesn’t seem all that concerned.
Denver took an 83-74 lead into the fourth quarter and quickly extended it to 13 points. The Hornets rallied, battling back to cut the lead to one with 4:07
Denver Nuggets finished with 32 second-chance points. The Nuggets held a 51-40 advantage on the glass overall.