Credit: USA TODAY Sports-Scanpix
Credit USA TODAY Sports-Scanpix

Nikola Jokic had 26 points, matched his career-best of 22 rebounds, and also contributed eight assists as the visiting Denver Nuggets (16-16) rallied to beat the Los Angeles Clippers (17-16) 103-100 (32-30, 32-25, 15-28, 24-17) on Sunday night.

Player of the Game
Nikola  Jokic
EFF
37
Nikola Jokic
Points 26
Accuracy 9-24
Rebounds 22
Assists 8

Will Barton scored 17, Davon Reed added 15 points and Austin Rivers and Monte Morris had 12 apiece for Denver.

Eric Bledsoe had 18 points and a season-high 10 assists, Brandon Boston Jr. also scored 18 points and Ivica Zubac recorded 17 points and 11 rebounds.

Terance Mann had 11 points and eight rebounds and Serge Ibaka scored 10 for the Clippers.

With his 26 points, 22 rebounds performance tonight, Nikola Jokic now has six 20+ PTS, 20+ REB games, giving him the most in Nuggets history since Denver joined the NBA in 1976-77. The previous record of 5 was held by Marcus Camby.

Moreover, the Serbian big man is the first player to record 25+ PTS, 20+ REB, and 5+ AST in back-to-back outings since Charles Barkley (1988).

The Nuggets missed their first two shots of the fourth and fell behind 86-79 before Rivers drained a 3-pointer to end the drought. Los Angeles increased its lead to 91-82 on Amir Coffey's 3-pointer with 9:04 remaining but Denver found its offense.

Barton had a three-point play and a 12-foot jumper and Reed and Jokic hit buckets in an 11-2 run that tied it.

Zubac split a pair of free throws Jokic drained a 3-pointer to put the Nuggets ahead 96-94 with 3:50 to play. Barton made a layup after a miss at the other end and Rivers' second 3-pointer of the period made it 101-95 with 1:53 left.

A Denver turnover led to a 3-pointer from Luke Kennard to make it 101-100 with 19.7 seconds left. Jokic hit two free throws with 12.7 left and Boston missed a 3-pointer just before the buzzer.

Denver led by two after the first quarter but the Nuggets built a lead in the second. Reed hit a 16-footer and a 3-pointer and Bones Hyland made two layups in a 9-0 run that gave Denver a 46-35 lead. The Clippers got within six on Bledsoe's three-point play but Barton's five points put the Nuggets ahead 64-55 at halftime.

Denver continued to add to the lead to start the third quarter, going up 74-57 with 7:45 left but Los Angeles rallied.

Down 79-66, the Clippers scored 17 straight points while the Nuggets went cold for the final 5:34 of the period. They missed their final 12 shots and ended the quarter with two straight turnovers. Los Angeles outscored Denver 28-15 in the period.

Nuggets: Nikola Jokic 26 (22 REB, 8 AST, 2 STL, 2 BLK), Will Barton 17, Davon Reed 15, Monte Morris 12 (5 REB, 5 AST), Austin Rivers 12.

Clippers: Eric Bledsoe 18 (10 AST), Brandon Boston 18, Ivica Zubac 17 (11 REB), Terane Mann 11 (7 REB, 8 AST), Serge Ibaka 10 (6 REB).

Nikola Jokic's performance

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Los Angeles Clippers
Denver Nuggets
47%
40/86
Field goals
41%
39/95
55
Rebounds
54
26
Assists
29
8
Steals
7
7
Blocks
4
67%
12/18
Free throws
91%
10/11

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Eric  Bledsoe
18 PTS
8/17 FG
1/2 FT
Nikola  Jokic
26 PTS
9/24 FG
7/7 FT
Ivica  Zubac
11 REB
7 DREB
4 OREB
Nikola  Jokic
22 REB
16 DREB
6 OREB
Eric  Bledsoe
10 As
3 TO
37 MIN
Nikola  Jokic
8 As
4 TO
38 MIN
Ivica  Zubac
25 EFF
88% 2P%
- 3P%
Nikola  Jokic
37 EFF
38% 2P%
33% 3P%