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Nikola Jokic out for short-handed Nuggets at Milwaukee

Nikola Jokic out for short-handed Nuggets at Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE — Two-time reigning MVP Nikola Jokic didn’t play for the Western Conference-leading Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night at Milwaukee as he continues to recover from a tight left hamstring.

It was the third game in the past four that Jokic has missed. After sitting out two games, Jokic returned Tuesday and had 25 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in a 99-98 victory at New Orleans.

Jokic has recorded a triple-double in each of the past four games he has played.

Jamal Murray (left knee), Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (sprained right wrist) and Michael Porter Jr. (personal reasons) also didn’t play Wednesday. It was the third straight game Porter has missed.

Jokic, Murray, Caldwell-Pope, Porter and Bones Hyland (sprained left finger) all had been listed as questionable on the Nuggets’ injury report.

The Bucks were missing Bobby Portis and rookie MarJon Beauchamp.

Portis missed a game for the first time this season after spraining his right medial collateral ligament and right wrist in a 150-130 victory at Detroit on Monday. The Bucks said he will be reevaluated in two weeks.

Beauchamp is out with right knee soreness.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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