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Nikola Jokic’s 40-point, 27-rebound triple-double lifts Nuggets over Hornets

If Nikola Jokic’s hands were actually undersized vacuum cleaners, no one with the Nuggets organization would think twice.

The two-time reigning MVP inhaled and consumed everything that caromed in his radius Sunday evening at Ball Arena. His preposterous night – 40 points, 27 rebounds, and 10 assists – gave Denver a much-needed 119-115 win over Charlotte. Jokic’s fifth triple-double of the season also yielded his career-high in boards.

“Nikola is a generational talent,” said Nuggets coach Michael Malone, who said he had no idea Jokic’s rebounding numbers were as high as they were. “… What he does is just amazing every night.