DENVER — Nikola Jokic returned to the lineup with the first triple-double of his career, and the Denver Nuggets beat the skidding Milwaukee Bucks 121-117 on Friday night.
Jokic had 20 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists after missing three games with a strained left hip. He nearly had his triple-double in the first three minutes of the second half, but went without another assist until late in the fourth quarter.
Wilson Chandler scored 23 points and Kenneth Faried had 19 points and 11 rebounds for Denver.
The loss was Milwaukee's 10th in 11 games and came after a big rally in the second half. Jabari Parker had 27 points and 11 rebounds, and Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 23 for the Bucks.
The game was tied at 44 midway through the second quarter when Denver took control. Jokic had nine points in the final 6:38 of the period and grabbed four rebounds to reach a double-double by halftime.