DEN Denver Nuggets 93
Denver Nuggets Nuggets Overall (28-13)
ATS (23-18)
O/U (18-23)
January 12 2019
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PHX Phoenix Suns 102
Phoenix Suns Suns Overall (11-33)
ATS (20-24)
O/U (19-25)
Final
Money Line Total: 218½ Spread ATS
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573 Denver Nuggets -450 Under -110 (-9) -110 UNDER: 195
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574 Phoenix Suns +350 Over -110 (+9) -110 Cover: 18
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Final
Money Line Total: 218½ Spread ATS
573 DEN -450 Under: -110 (-9) -110 UNDER: 195
574 PHX +350 Over: -110 (+9) -110 Cover: 18
Line Movement
Money Line
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Money Line
1/12/2019
7:57 PM
DEN
-450
PHX
+350
1/12/2019
7:45 PM
DEN
-450
PHX
+350
1/12/2019
6:45 PM
DEN
-450
PHX
+350
1/12/2019
4:45 PM
DEN
-450
PHX
+350
1/12/2019
4:15 PM
DEN
-475
PHX
+375
1/12/2019
12:54 PM
DEN
-475
PHX
+375
1/12/2019
12:45 PM
DEN
-475
PHX
+375
1/12/2019
12:45 PM
DEN
-475
PHX
+375
1/12/2019
12:15 PM
DEN
-475
PHX
+375
1/12/2019
9:09 AM
DEN
-500
PHX
+400
Spread
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Spread
1/12/2019
7:57 PM
DEN(-9)
-110
PHX
-110
1/12/2019
7:45 PM
DEN(-9)
-110
PHX
-110
1/12/2019
6:45 PM
DEN(-9)
-110
PHX
-110
1/12/2019
4:45 PM
DEN(-9)
-110
PHX
-110
1/12/2019
4:15 PM
DEN(-9.5)
-110
PHX
-110
1/12/2019
12:54 PM
DEN(-9)
-110
PHX
-110
1/12/2019
12:45 PM
DEN(-9)
-110
PHX
-110
1/12/2019
12:45 PM
DEN(-9)
-110
PHX
-110
1/12/2019
12:15 PM
DEN(-9)
-110
PHX
-110
1/12/2019
9:09 AM
DEN(-9.5)
-110
PHX
-110
Total
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Total
1/12/2019
7:57 PM
218½
-110
218½
-110
1/12/2019
7:45 PM
218
-110
218
-110
1/12/2019
6:45 PM
218½
-110
218½
-110
1/12/2019
4:45 PM
218
-110
218
-110
1/12/2019
4:15 PM
218
-110
218
-110
1/12/2019
12:54 PM
218
-110
218
-110
1/12/2019
12:45 PM
217½
-110
217½
-110
1/12/2019
12:45 PM
218
-110
218
-110
1/12/2019
12:15 PM
217½
-110
217½
-110
1/12/2019
9:09 AM
217½
-110
217½
-110
Recap

PHOENIX (AP) — The Denver Nuggets have the best record in the Western Conference; the Phoenix Suns have the worst.

On top of that, the Suns were without scoring leader Devin Booker.

But the mismatch that was supposed to happen Saturday night never did. Quite the opposite, as the Suns took the lead in the first quarter and never faltered in a 102-93 victory.

"That team outplayed us tonight," Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. "They played harder than us tonight, and it was apparent throughout the game."

Kelly Oubre Jr. matched his career high with 26 points and tied his career best with 11 rebounds for Phoenix. Deandre Ayton added 23 points and 13 rebounds for the Suns, who have won two of three with Booker sidelined with back spasms.

"We were the aggressors today," Ayton said. "That's the main part of it."

Nikola Jokic had 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Nuggets. Malik Beasley scored 20 points.

"I think we just thought it was going to be easy," Jokic said. "...I think we played their record, not their personnel. Those guys are playing hard right now."

Denver fell to just a half-game ahead of Golden State for best record in the West.

It might have been Phoenix's best defensive effort of the season.

"What impressed me the most is just how long we did it," the Suns' Josh Jackson said. "We did it for literally the whole game. Like, I can't remember one point in time when I looked up and I felt like we were playing bad defense."

Coach Igor Kokoskov said it's one thing to have a good game plan, and another to execute it.

"From the game plan, to the film, to the court, there's a long, long way," he said. "Players play the game and win a game, so that's what it is. We showed up and played well."

The Suns took the lead for good late in the first quarter and were up by as many as 16 in the second and 18 in the third. Denver never got closer than seven points in the fourth quarter.

Troy Daniels and Oubre sank 3s in a 10-0 Phoenix run late in the first quarter to put the Suns up for good 30-20. The run reached 19-6 when Elie Okobo's two free throws made it 39-26 with 9:38 left in the half. Oubre's 3-pointer with 3:55 lead left gave Phoenix its biggest lead of the half, 55-39, and the Suns led at the break 60-47.

Phoenix took its biggest lead at 68-50 early in the third quarter before Denver rallied to get to single digits. Jokic made one of two free throws to cut it to 74-66 with 2:57 left in the third but Oubre banked in a 3 at the third-quarter buzzer to put the Suns up 81-69 entering the fourth.

Okobo opened the final quarter with a 20-footer and T.J. Warren's 3-pointer put the Suns ahead 91-76 with 7:13 to play.

A 9-0 run, capped by Jamal Murray's 3-pointer, cut the Phoenix lead to 93-86 with 4:24 left. But Richaun Holmes made a short jumper in the lane and De'Anthony Melton sank two from the foul line to boost it to 97-86 with 3:11 remaining. The Nuggets never got closer than eight after that.

Denver shot 39 percent and committed 17 turnovers, resulting in 26 Suns points.

TIP-INS

Nuggets: Will Barton, out since Oct. 20 after undergoing hip and core muscle surgery, played 16 minutes, scoring six points on 2-of-10 shooting. ... Gary Harris missed a third straight game with left hamstring tightness. ... Murray shot 4 of 17.

Suns: Phoenix is 3-10 without Booker this season. ... Jamal Crawford missed the game for personal reasons. ... Ayton had his 26th double-double and 10th in the last 15 games.

OUBRE'S ROLLING

Oubre, who also scored 26 in the Suns' win over Sacramento on Tuesday night, came to Phoenix last month in the trade that sent Trevor Ariza to Washington. He's made a quick impact with his energy, quickness and scoring, and quickly became a fan favorite.

"I'm just trying to get better as the team gets better," he said. "I'm still trying to get acclimated within the system. But obviously I'm a player, too. I'm a really good player and I just try to go out there and play within the system."

UP NEXT

Nuggets: host Portland on Sunday

Suns: at Indiana on Tuesday.

Matchup
Nuggets Overall
W/L 28-13
ATS 23-18
Pts For 110.3
Pts Against 105.3
Total 18-23
Nuggets Away
W/L 11-10
ATS 9-12
Pts For 107.5
Pts Against 108.9
Total 9-12
Date Opponent Result ATS O/U
Avg. Points For
Avg. Points Against
ATS
Over/Under
Suns Overall
W/L 11-33
ATS 20-24
Pts For 106.1
Pts Against 114.3
Total 19-25
Suns Home
W/L 7-17
ATS 11-13
Pts For 106.0
Pts Against 112.0
Total 10-14
Date Opponent Result ATS O/U
Avg. Points For
Avg. Points Against
ATS
Over/Under
Scoring
Nuggets
NameMinFG3 PTFTOff RebRebAstStlBlkTOFouls+/-PTS
Nikola Jokic (C) 33:488-15 53.3%1-4 25%6-7 85.7%11040120823
Malik Beasley (G) 40:048-14 57.1%5-9 55.6%0-0 0%0110022221
Jamal Murray (G) 33:444-17 23.5%2-6 33.3%2-3 66.7%3953042312
Monte Morris (G) 29:235-11 45.5%1-4 25%1-1 100%1451012-1212
Paul Millsap (F) 31:524-12 33.3%0-1 0%2-5 40%411221211010
Mason Plumlee (F-C) 16:192-4 50%0-0 0%2-2 100%2430304-206
Will Barton (G) 15:542-10 20%1-3 33.3%1-2 50%1530012-166
Torrey Craig (F) 24:201-3 33.3%0-2 0%0-0 0%1521135-32
Juancho Hernangomez (F) 14:110-2 0%0-2 0%1-2 50%0100001-151
Brandon Goodwin (G) 00:250-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%0000000-20
Gary Harris (G) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Tyler Lydon (F) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Trey Lyles (F) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Michael Porter Jr. (F) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Isaiah Thomas (G) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Jarred Vanderbilt (F) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Thomas Welsh (C) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Suns
NameMinFG3 PTFTOff RebRebAstStlBlkTOFouls+/-PTS
Kelly Oubre Jr. (F) 29:439-17 52.9%4-7 57.1%4-6 66.7%31132131926
Deandre Ayton (C) 29:359-18 50%0-0 0%4-6 66.7%413003021022
Josh Jackson (G) 31:186-18 33.3%1-7 14.3%2-2 100%2451123-615
Richaun Holmes (F-C) 18:256-9 66.7%0-0 0%2-3 66.7%2710003-114
T.J. Warren (F) 35:404-12 33.3%1-4 25%0-0 0%1432102-59
Mikal Bridges (F) 23:582-4 50%1-1 100%0-0 0%032110275
Elie Okobo (G) 15:351-3 33.3%0-0 0%3-4 75%0351110155
Troy Daniels (G) 15:011-3 33.3%1-3 33.3%0-0 0%110000183
De'Anthony Melton (G) 32:250-7 0%0-3 0%2-2 100%13104124-62
Quincy Acy (F) 8:200-1 0%0-1 0%1-2 50%0000011141
Ryan Anderson (F) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Dragan Bender (F) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Devin Booker (G) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Jamal Crawford (G) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Jawun Evans (G) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
George King (F) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
1st Half
Money Line
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Money Line
Spread
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Spread
1/12/2019
7:45 PM
DEN(-5)
-110
PHX
-110
1/12/2019
12:45 PM
DEN(-5)
-110
PHX
-110
1/12/2019
9:18 AM
DEN(-5)
-110
PHX
-110
Total
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Total
1/12/2019
7:45 PM
112½
-110
112½
-110
1/12/2019
12:45 PM
113
-110
113
-110
1/12/2019
9:18 AM
112½
-110
112½
-110
2nd Half
Money Line
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Money Line
Spread
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Spread
1/12/2019
9:21 PM
DEN(-9)
-110
PHX
-110
1/12/2019
9:15 PM
DEN(-9)
-110
PHX
-110
Total
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Total
1/12/2019
9:21 PM
106
-110
106
-110
1/12/2019
9:15 PM
107
-110
107
-110
Props
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2ND HALF PRO BB & OT 106 -110 -110