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Jokic, Grant lead Denver Nuggets past Washington Wizards for sixth-straight win

The Denver Nuggets extend their win streak to six games after beating the Washington Wizards 117-104 at Pepsi Center to improve to 13-3 on the season.

Six players scored in double figures on the night led by Jerami Grant's season-high 20 points, while Nikola Jokic recorded a season-high 20 rebounds (one shy of his career-high) to go with eight points and five assists.

After a close first quarter, the Nuggets took control of the contest in the second, outscoring the Wizards 39-24, closing the first half on a 25-11 run to take a 64-47 lead into half-time.

Grant scored 15 of his 20 points in the period.

"When Jerami Grant is a spot-up 3-point shooter, you're getting half the player that he is," Nuggets head coach Michael Malone said. "When he attacks and gets to the free-throw line, he can be a threat in so many ways."

Denver extended the lead to 20 points in the third quarter, before the Wizards got it back to 14 in the fourth. A Will Barton four-point play stretched the lead to 107-89 to seal the win.

Barton flirted with a triple-double, finishing with 17 points, eight rebounds and eight assists. Jamal Murray added 16 points, Mason Plumlee 15, Gary Harris 11 and Monte Morris 10.

Led by Jokic's monster performance on the glass, the Nuggets outrebounded the Wizards 58-36 and made them pay on the defensive end, turning 12 turnovers into 21 points.

Harris was huge for the Nuggets on defence, spending most of the game guarding Wizards star Bradley Beal.

Beal managed just 14 points on 6-of-15 shooting and 2-of-10 from the three-point line, his first game this season with less than 20 points, with Harris earning plenty of praise post-game for his performance.

"You gameplan for that," Malone said. "That's back-to-back games that Gary has guarded two of the better shooting guards in the NBA. It's not that he did it all by himself, but he did the lion share of the work."

The Wizards shot just 42.1 percent from the field (40-of-95) and 15 percent from the three-point line (10-of-40).

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