Jokic has strong game in return, Nuggets beat Celtics 119-99

Denver Nuggets forward Wilson Chandler, right, picks up a loose ball as Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 10, 2017, in Denver. The Nuggets won 119-99. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

DENVER (AP) — Nikola Jokic had 21 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists in his return to the lineup, and the Denver Nuggets beat the Boston Celtics 119-99 on Friday night.

Jokic played 27 minutes after missing two games because of illness. Wilson Chandler had 23 points and eight rebounds for the Nuggets, and Danilo Gallinari returned from sitting out Wednesday’s game with vertigo to score 20 points.

Denver increased its lead for the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference to a full game over idle Portland.

Isaiah Thomas had 19 points, Avery Bradley 16 and Al Horford 15 for the Celtics, who finished their road trip 2-3. Boston held Golden State to 86 points in Wednesday’s win but couldn’t contain the Nuggets, who never trailed.

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