Jokic’s block preserves Nuggets’ 95-94 win over Rockets

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Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) fights for position with Houston Rockets center Alperen Sengun (28) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

DENVER (AP) — 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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