Nikola Jokic had 27 points and 12 rebounds, Denver played smothering defense on James Harden and the Nuggets beat Houston 105-95 on Wednesday night to snap the Rockets' eight-game winning streak.
The Nuggets tried a little bit of everything to contain Harden, even rolling the 7-foot Jokic out high along with another defender.
The variety of schemes did the trick — as much as it can against Harden. Houston's star playmaker finished with 27 points, snapping his string of eight consecutive games of 36 or more. He was eight of 16 from the floor as the Rockets were held under 100 points for the first time this season.
Denver is 7-0 this season when keeping an opponent below 100.
Los Angeles Clippers 107, Boston 104 (OT): Kawhi Leonard blocked Kemba Walker's three-point attempt as the buzzer sounded in overtime and the Clippers, playing their first game with both Leonard and Paul George in the lineup, topped the Celtics.
Patrick Beverley did everything for the Clippers, finishing with 14 points to go along with 16 rebounds, seven assists, three steals and two blocks. Lou Williams had 27 points, George finished with 25 and Leonard added 17.
Jayson Tatum had a game-high 30 for the Celtics and hit a three-pointer late in the fourth quarter to force overtime.
Dallas 142, Golden State 94: The Mavericks handed the Warriors their worst loss since 1973 and Luka Doncic finished with 35 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds in 26 minutes.
Doncic put up 22 points on 7-for-8 shooting, five rebounds and five assists in the first quarter. According to ESPN, he became the first player to outscore, out-rebound and out-assist a team in a quarter since Philadelphia 76ers guard Allen Iverson did it to the Chicago Bulls in 2003.
Washington 138, San Antonio 132: Bradley Beal scored 33 and the Wizards beat coach Gregg Popovich and the Spurs, who lost their seventh straight for the first time since 1997.
Toronto 113, Orlando 97: Fred VanVleet scored 24 points, Pascal Siakam had 18 points and 11 rebounds and the Raptors snapped the Magic's winning streak at three.
Milwaukee 135, Atlanta 127: Giannis Antetokounmpo had 33 points and 11 rebounds and the Bucks won their fifth straight.
Philadelphia 109, New York 104: Ben Simmons hit the first three-pointer of his career and had 18 points.