DENVER (AP) - Wilson Chandler scored a career-high 36 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, helping the Denver Nuggets weather the absence of Nikola Jokic to beat the Sacramento Kings 108-96 on Monday night.
The Nuggets snapped a five-game skid against Sacramento and remained entrenched in the Western Conference's final playoff spot.
Jokic was a late scratch because of an illness. With him went 15.9 points, 9.3 rebounds and 4.6 assists. Mason Plumlee stepped in and posted Jokic-like numbers - 10 points, 12 rebounds and five assists.
Darren Collison led seven Kings players in doubles figures with 17 points as they dropped their fifth straight. The team was coming off a tough loss the night before when Utah's Rudy Gobert tipped in a missed jumper as time expired in overtime on a play that was initially ruled goaltending.