Nikola Jokic (ankle) will not return on Thursday night for Denver

Nikola Jokic (ankle) will not return on Thursday night for Denver”

Jokic (ankle) has been ruled out for the remainder of Thursday's game against the Bulls.

The Denver Nuggets are without one half of their dynamic frontcourt duo, as Paul Millsap is out indefinitely after getting surgery on his wrist.

The 6-foot-10 center immediately fell to the floor in pain, grabbing at his left ankle.

Jokic went to the locker room and had X-rays taken at halftime and did not return.

Gary Harris added 21 points, and Kenneth Faried had 14 points and 13 rebounds for Denver. He hit a lovely layup with three seconds left to win the game, and coach Mike Malone will tell you who showed up for this game.

Dunn gave Chicago the lead with a layup with 9.6 seconds left, but Barton drove the length of the court and hit a reverse layup. Chicago's Denzel Valentine missed a 32-foot heave at the buzzer. Barton came in and scored 12 points in a span of 2:18 to get Denver within five.

The Nuggets' defense allowed the worst offensive team in the National Basketball Association to score 68 points in the first half.

NOTES: Nuggets G Will Barton's previous career high was 35 against the Clippers on March 16. He is the Nuggets' leading scorer this season with 15.9 points per game.

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