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Millsap, Jokic lead Nuggets past Lakers 125-116

Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

DENVER — Nuggets coach Michael Malone had one statistic in his mind at Friday morning's shootaround. His team is 23-6 when they win the first quarter.

Denver had lost its last two first quarters — to both Dallas and Cleveland — but came out energized Friday and won tonight's first quarter 37-28. Denver tallied 13 assists on 15 made baskets in the period and eventually edged the Los Angeles Lakers 125-116.

The Nuggets didn't make it easy on themselves.

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