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Jokic’s block preserves Denver Nuggets win over Houston Rockets

Jokic’s block preserves Denver Nuggets win over Houston Rockets

Denver kicked off its homestand with a dramatic victory on Saturday afternoon.

DENVER — Nikola Jokic blocked Jae’Sean Tate’s drive to the basket as time ran out and the short-handed Denver Nuggets escaped with a 95-94 victory over the Houston Rockets.

Jokic finished with 28 points and 14 rebounds in the absence of forward Michael Porter Jr.

Porter left the game with 4:50 remaining in the first quarter and didn’t return because of what the team called lower back soreness.

Porter missed a fast-break layup early in the game and came up the court gingerly. He stayed in the game for more than four minutes before leaving.

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