National Basketball Association
Denver 142, Atlanta 110
When: 9:00 PM ET, Saturday, April 6, 2024
Where: Ball Arena, Denver, Colorado
Officials: #26 Pat Fraher, #52 Scott Twardoski, #11 Derrick Collins
Attendance: 19639

Nikola Jokic posted his 25th triple-double of the season to help lead the Denver Nuggets to a 142-110 win over the visiting Atlanta Hawks on Saturday.

Jokic finished with 19 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists, while Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored a game-high 24 points and Michael Porter Jr. added 20 for the Nuggets (54-24), who have won three of their last four and moved a half-game ahead of the second-place Minnesota Timberwolves in the Western Conference.

Reggie Jackson scored 18 off the bench, Jamal Murray had 16 and Peyton Watson added 13 for Denver.

Clint Capela led the Hawks (36-42) with 19 points and 12 rebounds, while De'Andre Hunter and Bogdan Bogdanovic each scored 18. Jalen Johnson tallied 17 points for Atlanta, which dropped its second straight and holds the final play-in spot in the Eastern Conference. Dejounte Murray scored 14, while Garrison Mathews finished with 11.

In the first quarter, Murray's triple gave Atlanta the first lead of the game 16 seconds in. Denver then answered with a 28-15 run, stamped with a pair of free throws by Jokic with 2:47 left.

Bruno Fernando's bucket trimmed the Hawks' deficit to 31-26, before Watson's tip-in layup with a second left in the first quarter.

Denver opened the second quarter on an 8-0 run, extending its lead to 41-26 on Jackson's layup with 9:11 remaining in the half.

After trailing by as many as 16, Atlanta cut the Nuggets' lead in half when Dejounte Murray's 3-pointer trimmed Denver's advantage to 61-53 at the 2:32 mark.

Caldwell-Pope's triple gave Denver a 69-56 halftime lead.

Caldwell-Pope's 13 points led the Nuggets' first-half scoring, while Hunter paced the Hawks with 12 in the opening half. The Hawks were able to trim Denver's lead down to nine with 8:40 left in the third quarter, when Murray's triple cut their deficit to 80-71.

However, the Nuggets used a 13-5 run to pull away, taking a 93-76 lead on Christian Braun's 3-pointer at the 5:55 mark of the third.

Leading 101-84 late in the quarter, a 9-0 Denver run was stamped with back-to-back buckets from Jackson to take a commanding 110-84 lead.

Denver outscored Atlanta 31-24 in the final quarter, and Hunter Tyson's layup tied the Nuggets' highest-scoring game of the season.

Denver shot 53-for-88 (60.2 percent) from the field and 23-for-41 (56.1 percent) on 3-point attempts, while Atlanta was 37-for-87 (42.5 percent) from the field and 12-for-37 (32.4 percent) from beyond the arc.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Atlanta   Denver
Clint Capela 19 Scoring Kentavious Caldwell-Pope 24
Dejounte Murray 12 Assists Nikola Jokic 11
Clint Capela 12 Rebounds Nikola Jokic 14
Clint Capela 9 Free Throws Made Nikola Jokic 5
Garrison Mathews 2 Steals Kentavious Caldwell-Pope 2
Bogdan Bogdanovic 1 Blocks Peyton Watson 5
Team Stats Summary
Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Atlanta 110 42.5 12-37 24-29 30 38 2 8 16
Denver 142 60.2 23-41 13-16 38 47 7 9 17
Upcoming Games
  • Denver will play their next game on the road against Utah. The Nuggets have a W/L % of .685 after a win and .708 after a loss.
  • Atlanta will play their next game at home against Miami. The Hawks have a W/L % of .528 after a win and .405 after a loss.