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The Denver Nuggets beat the New Orleans Pelicans 113-106 behind the superstar performance of Nikola Jokic and key two-way play of Torrey Craig. Jokic had 27 points, 12 rebounds, 7 assists, and 4 steals, doing everything for the Nuggets, even though he struggled to hit shots late. Craig was massively important, hitting three of his six three-pointers, grabbing 10 rebounds, and getting a key stop on Jrue Holiday late. Zion Williamson was impressive in his second professional game, but the Nuggets survived his athletic exploits in a key road win.

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Jared Dudley has never groused about playing a bit role for the Los Angeles Lakers this season. He’ll go handfuls of games without seeing the floor for even a second of playing time, but steps up every time he’s called upon. Every time he speaks with reporters after the games he does play in, he’ll make a self-effacing joke about being old or tired, deflect any praise of his performance by publicly hoping whichever teammate he’s replacing comes back soon, and walks off into the night.

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The Los Angeles Lakers came out sloppy against the Houston Rockets as Russell Westbrook hurt them for 22 first-half points, but managed to turn things around in the second half with a stellar defensive effort, winning 124-115 to start their annual Grammy road trip off the right way. Kyle Kuzma was a big part of that.

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The Trail Blazers secured a much-needed 129-124 win over the Warriors thanks to an amazing 61-point outing from Damian Lillard. Portland’s leader was not going to be denied. Lillard recorded 40 points in the second half, pulling the Blazers through a hard-fought victory over the Warriors. Outside of Dame’s big night, Hassan Whiteside produced another solid double-double.

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