Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum About time, too, to take the Nuggets as a serious, pesky threat.Nikola Jokic scored 26 points, Murray had 15 of his 19 in the fourth quarter and the banged-up Nuggets rallied past the equally banged-up Toronto Raptors 95-86 on Sunday night in a contest between conference leaders.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissTrailing 70-57 in the third quarter, the Nuggets went on a 23-2 run to send them to their 10th win in 12 games and retain a slim lead over Golden State in the Western Conference. This marks the latest the Nuggets (20-9) have been in first place in the West since Dec. 18, 1984, according to information by Elias Sports Bureau.“It’s December,” Mason Plumlee said. “It’s a long way to go.” View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid lead 76ers past Cavaliers in Jimmy Butler return Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win PLAY LIST 01:08Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic, third from left, pulls in a rebound as, from left, Toronto Raptors forwards CJ Miles and Serge Ibaka and Kawhi Leonard, right, fight for the ball in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018, in Denver. The Nuggets won 95-86. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DENVER — In the fourth quarter, Jamal Murray’s shot finally started falling.“About time,” the Denver guard said.ADVERTISEMENT After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “He’s doing what he’s supposed to do,” Malone said. “He’s our franchise player.”TIP-INSRaptors: Danny Green was given a technical foul in the third quarter. He was poked in the eye by Monte Morris early in the fourth quarter. … C Serge Ibaka fouled out with 1:37 remaining. He was given a technical after the call. … Delon Wright got the start and had 15 points.Nuggets: Plumlee had 10 points and seven rebounds.INJURY UPDATE, PART IBarton could return to the lineup in the next week or 10 days. He had surgery on Oct. 23 to repair core and hip muscle injuries.“It would be great to have him back,” Malone said. “He’s such a versatile part of what we do.”INJURY UPDATE, PART IINurse doesn’t expect Lowry or Siakam to miss much time. Lowry sat out his second game with a bruised thigh, while Siakam was sidelined after experiencing back stiffness following a hard fall in Portland.“There’s nothing seriously wrong with either one of them,” Nurse said. “There’s just some soreness.” MOST READ UP NEXTRaptors: Host Indiana on Wednesday.Nuggets: Close out a four-game homestand on Tuesday against Dallas.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Still, they’ve now beaten the Raptors (twice), Golden State and Boston.“I guess maybe it says we’re the best team for the time being,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. “There are a lot of games left. I think one thing we’ve done a really good job of is tempering our own excitement.”Kawhi Leonard had 29 points and 14 rebounds for the Eastern Conference-leading Raptors, who finished 2-2 on their trip. They still own the league’s best mark at 23-9.Murray led the charge with eight straight points early in the fourth. The defense stepped up, too, as the Raptors didn’t score their first field goal in the final quarter until Leonard’s dunk with 7:42 remaining.Toronto pulled to 86-83 with 3:28 left, but Plumlee’s easy bucket gave Denver some breathing room. The Raptors were 4 of 23 from the field in the fourth quarter, including 1 of 13 from 3-point land.ADVERTISEMENT More alarming to Raptors coach Nick Nurse was that Leonard only had four free throws despite all his work around the rim.“You can’t tell me one of the best players in the league takes a hundred hits in that game and shoots four free throws,” Nurse said. “It’s been going on all year. I do not understand why they are letting everybody play one of the best players in the league so physically. I do not understand.”Leonard agreed, but shrugged it off.“It’s been very physical. I just go with the next play,” Leonard said. “I pride myself on just keep moving and keep going.”Both teams had several key players on the bench due to injuries. The Raptors were without Kyle Lowry (thigh), Pascal Siakam (back), Fred VanVleet (back) and Jonas Valanciunas (thumb).The Nuggets didn’t have Will Barton (right hip/core muscle surgery), Gary Harris (hip) and Paul Millsap (big toe).Not that Malone gave it much thought.“Teams look at us right now with players out, and they think they can show up and beat us,” Malone said. “We’ve shown teams, ‘No, that’s not the case.’ We have more than enough players that are going to go out there and battle and compete.”The Nuggets beat the Raptors 106-103 on Dec. 3 in Toronto. 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It’s funny, there’s so much to say about John being gone, but all that comes out is that I miss him tremendously. As much as I thought I knew this, I didn’t realize how much I appreciate and care for him until he left. On the cycling front, two weeks to go!! I completed a very difficult and hilly 62-mile ride with Team Ventura last Saturday, which included a seven-mile ride up Highway 33 in Ventura. I’m almost at my fundraising minimum, which I’m excited about, and I want to continue to raise as much money for the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center as I can before the ride. I appreciate all the support I’ve received in the last eight months, and I can’t wait to report on my experiences during the ride June 3-9. Jenifer Johnson lives in Studio City. She posted this blog entry May 16 to the Studio City hub on valleynews.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It’s 11:30 p.m. and I just got off the phone with John, who is still on ship, sailing west to the Persian Gulf. He has been gone a little over a month, and I miss him very, very much. I’m very thankful that in this last month, I have been in regular e-mail and phone contact with John, because I know that others don’t hear from their loved ones very often during deployment. I continue to hope and wish that he stays safe during this deployment, especially as he gets closer to Iraq.