NBA: Jose Alvarado’s career game leads Pelicans past Nuggets

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New Orleans Pelicans guard Jose Alvarado celebrates during a game against the Denver Nuggets. Photo from the New Orleans Pelicans’ Twitter
Jose Alvarado had career highs of eight 3-pointers and 38 points, and the host New Orleans Pelicans defeated the Denver Nuggets 121-106 on Sunday afternoon.
Alvarado doubled his previous high for 3-pointers on 11 attempts as the Pelicans won for the ninth time in 11 games. He led the way as the New Orleans bench outscored the Denver bench 62-18.
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Zion Williamson added 25 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 13 and Trey Murphy III and Willy Hernangomez had 12 each.
Nikola Jokic had 32 points and 16 rebounds, Aaron Gordon scored 19 points, Jamal Murray had 18 and Bruce Brown 13 for the Nuggets, who lost their second straight after a four-game winning streak.
Jokic, who led all scorers with 21 first-half points, scored the first seven points of the third quarter to give Denver a 67-59 lead.
Valanciunas stopped the run with a three-point play, but moments later he went to the bench after committing his fifth foul while trying to slow down Jokic.
Williamson had two baskets and a layup by Dyson Daniels gave New Orleans a one-point lead.

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