Indiana Pacers vs. Denver Nuggets Live Score and Stats – January 20, 2023 Gametracker

DENVER (AP) The peachy coordination between Jamal Murray (boots) and Nikola Jokic (suit) was purely coincidental.

That wasn’t: Murray gave his best Jokic impersonation.

Murray hit his first career triple-double and the Denver Nuggets extended their winning streak to nine games by beating the Indiana Pacers 134-111 on Friday night without Jokic.

The two-time reigning NBA MVP was sidelined due to muscle tension.

Murray finished with 17 points, 14 assists and 10 rebounds to repeat the kind of production typically seen from Jokic, who leads the league in triple-doubles. Jokic had a courtside seat for The Jamal Murray Show and congratulated his point guard teammate after the feat.

“I just played our game, played aggressively,” Murray explained. “We just had fun out there. The ball bounced.”

About her color-coordinated ensemble: “I didn’t know he was going to look like a peach,” joked Murray.

On emulating Jokic by getting into the triple-doubles department: “He steals a lot of my triple-doubles,” Murray said again. “It was nice to finally have one on the board.”

Aaron Gordon scored 28 points and Michael Porter Jr. added 19 as the Nuggets, who led the Western Conference, extended their home-win streak to 16 games. You haven’t lost to Dallas at the Ball Arena since December 6th.

Nugget’s acting head coach David Adelman improved to 3-0. Michael Malone stays out after entering league health and safety protocols

A stat line Malone will surely appreciate — a season-high 38 assists. Also this – 16 steals.

“It’s been really fun to see our guys play the way we play, no matter who’s on the pitch,” Adelman said. “It was fun because a lot of people contributed to it. These are special nights.”

Adelman was particularly happy for Murray, who has been working his way back from a cruciate ligament rupture that kept him out all last season.

“He’s already had such an epic career here as a nugget and everything he’s been through,” Adelman said. “So it’s very cool to see that.”

Bennedict Mathurin had 19 points and Chris Duarte added 18 for the Pacers, who lost their sixth straight game. Indiana went 8 of 32 from 3-point range.

“We make a lot of mistakes. We don’t care about the ball, including me,” Duarte said. “We just have to break that down. I think if we reduce sales we will be there with the other teams.”

Denver had a back-to-back dunk sequence in the third quarter that drew thunderous applause from the crowd.

The Nuggets jammed 16 dunks all night. That was the team’s best since 1996/97 (against Washington on March 20, 2009).

“We’re very selfless,” Murray said. “We don’t care who scores. We just play for free.”

TIP INS

Pacers: Indiana has lost to Denver six times in a row. … Indiana’s center Myles Turner had 15 points.

Nuggets: F Vlatko Cancar missed the game due to an illness unrelated to COVID-19. … Q Jeff Green was back after sitting out 14 games with a broken hand. He finished with six points. …G Bones Hyland didn’t play in the second half. He had six points.

INJURIES UPDATE, PART I

Pacers guard Tyrese Haliburton participated in some shooting competitions with his teammates on Friday. Haliburton has missed the last five games (sprained knee/elbow).

“I don’t know exactly when he’s going to play, but he’s fine,” said coach Rick Carlisle.

INJURIES UPDATE, PART II

Adelman said sitting out Jokic was more of a precautionary measure.

“He was just slightly uneasy,” Adelman said. “If he’s not the best player in the world, he’s close. So if he’s uncomfortable, we won’t take any chances.”

NEXT

Pacers: Complete a four-game journey Saturday in Phoenix.

Nuggets: Complete a five-game Sunday home game against Oklahoma City.

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