NBA roundup: Sixers keep the Bulls down, Jokić leads Nuggets past Warriors
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - The Sixers maintained their perfect record with James Harden in the side with a 121-106 win over the slumping Chicago Bulls on Monday.
Joel Embiid scored 43 points with 14 rebounds, while Harden had 16 points, eight rebounds, and 14 assists as the 76ers made it six wins from their past seven games.
The 76ers are also 5-0 with Harden in the side, while the Bulls have lost their past five games.
Embiid recorded his 10th 40-plus point game this season, along with his 10th game this season with 40 or more points and 10 or more rebounds.
The 76ers center also had his fourth quarter for the season with at least 15 points and five rebounds, which is an NBA high.
For the Bulls, All-Star DeMar DeRozan had 23 points, 11 rebounds, and eight assists, while Zach LaVine added 24 points.
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Nikola Jokić backed up Sunday's 46-point haul with another triple-double as the Denver Nuggets defeated the short-handed Golden State Warriors 131-124.
Jokić had his 18th triple-double of the season by three-quarter time and finished with 32 points, 15 rebounds, and 13 assists. The Warriors, who rested Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Andrew Wiggins in the catch-up game, have lost nine of their past 11 games.
Luka Dončić scored 35 points, with 16 rebounds, and seven assists in a tense game during which the All-Star got hit with a technical foul, as the Dallas Mavericks won 111-103 over the Utah Jazz. Dončić's game marked his third this season where he has scored 35 or more points and 15 or more rebounds, with Oscar Robertson the only other guard to achieve the feat in a single season.
Victor Oladipo returned for the first time since April last year for the Miami Heat, scoring 11 points in 15 minutes as they beat the Houston Rockets 123-106, while top draft pick Cade Cunningham (28 points and 10 assists) lifted the Detroit Pistons to an over-time win over the Atlanta Hawks 113-110.
San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich tied Don Nelson's all-time NBA record for most coaching wins (1,335) as they won 117-110 over the LA Lakers without LeBron James.
Russell Westbrook struggled in James' absence with 17 points, shooting five-of-14 from the field with five turnovers.
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