Jokic, Nuggets bounce back with 127-115 win

Nikola Jokic bounced back from a rare poor shooting performance,

scoring 30 points to lead the Denver Nuggets to a 127-115 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday night.

It was his supporting cast's performance that fired up coach Michael Malone,

who smiled as he scanned the stat sheet and saw all five starters plus reserves Bones Hyland and Austin Rivers had scored in double figures.

"I'm extremely pleased," Malone said.

"Yes, Nikola is an MVP, but this team with nine games to go, needs everybody to step their game up down the stretch and alleviate some of the pressure that's put on Nikola every night."

Denver had lost four of six, including a 124-104 home loss to the Celtics on Sunday night in which Jokic missed 15 shots and blamed himself for the defeat.