In a clash between the Houston Rockets (8-6) and the Denver Nuggets (10-6) in the NBA’s In-Season Tournament, Nikola Jokic’s extraordinary 38-point, 19-rebound double-double wasn’t enough to propel the struggling Nuggets as they fell 105-86 to the Rockets.

Jalen Green led the charge for Houston with 25 points, complemented by Alperen Sengun’s impressive 21 points and 14 rebounds, securing the Rockets’ second victory in the tournament.

Denver, the defending champion, faced a disappointing night, losing five of their last seven games after an 8-1 start, with Aaron Gordon going 0 for 12 in a subpar shooting performance.

The Nuggets, concluding group play with a 2-2 record, faced challenges on the road, finishing 1-4 on the disappointing trip.

Despite a late surge by the Nuggets in the fourth quarter, the Rockets maintained control, with Green’s impactful plays and a spirited defensive effort sealing the victory.

With this win, the Rockets improved to 8-1 at home but continued to struggle on the road, standing at 0-5 in away games.