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Nikola Jokic, Nuggets bounce back against Spurs in Victor Wembanyama’s first visit to Denver

Not even the terrifyingly territorial wingspan of Victor Wembanyama can enter the House of Jokic and prevail.

When the Nuggets need a win — and they needed one badly Sunday — Ball Arena is their old reliable, always waiting for them with open arms back at altitude. They are 8-0 at home this season after a 132-120 rout of the Spurs in Wembanyama’s first visit to the Front Range.

The highly touted rookie registered 22 points, 11 rebounds, four blocks and six steals, but Nikola Jokic managed to win the opening tip against all 7 feet and 4 inches of Wembanyama, foreshadowing the next two hours.