Nuggets, Nikola Jokic top Pistons to end skid

Nikola Jokic piled up 30 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists and the Western Conference-leading Denver Nuggets snapped a four-game losing streak by pounding the host Detroit Pistons 119-100 on Thursday night.Kentavious Caldwell-Pope supplied 20 points and Jamal Murray had 19 points, 10 assists and six rebounds for Denver, which outscored the Pistons 61-36 in the second half and 33-14 in the fourth quarter.Michael Porter Jr. and Aaron Gordon scored 15 points apiece for the Nuggets.Rodney McGruder led the Pistons, who have lost 13 of their last 14 games, with 20 points. He added eight rebounds, three assists and three steals. Jalen Duren had 15 points, 13 rebounds, four assists and three steals off the bench, while James Wiseman and Jaden Ivey contributed 14 points apiece.Ivey returned from a three-game absence after exiting COVID-19 health and safety protocols. Cory Joseph added 13 points.Pistons forwards Bojan Bogdanovic, Isaiah Livers and Marvin Bagley III, along with guard Alec Burks, were sidelined by injuries.The Pistons had 20 second-chance points in the first half, lifting them to a 64-58 halftime lead. McGruder knocked down four 3-pointers while scoring 14 points. Jokic led Denver with 18 points.Neither side had a double-digit advantage before the break but Detroit finished the half with a 13-6 spurt, capped by a Joseph 3-pointer.