MILWAUKEE -- Nikola Jokic had a triple-double wrapped up in the first half, and the Denver Nuggets put together one of the best 3-point shooting nights in league history in a 134-123 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday night.
Denver matched a franchise record with 24 3-pointers, one shy of the NBA record, on 40 attempts.
Jokic finished with 30 points, 15 rebounds and a career-high 17 assists, reaching a triple-double with 1:54 remaining in the second quarter.
Denver scored 74 points in the first half for its second-highest scoring half of the season. The Nuggets had 82 points in the second half of a 146-114 win over New Orleans on Nov. 17.
It also marked the most points allowed by the Bucks in a half this season.
The Nuggets shot 63.6 percent in the first half, including hitting 13 of 19 attempts from beyond the arc.
Wilson Chandler hit a 3-pointer on the first possession of the second quarter to put Denver up 38-28. The Bucks answered with a 15-3 run to go up 43-41.
Denver then outscored Milwaukee 33-19 over the final 7:58 of the half.
The Bucks pulled to 83-78 with 5:18 to play in the third quarter, but the Nuggets then used a 12-3 spurt to take control.
Nuggets: Denver's 13 3-pointers in the first half were their most since Feb. 13, 2017, when they connected on 16 in the first half of a 132-110 win over Golden State. . G Torrey Craig missed his second consecutive game with groin and hamstring injuries. . F Kenneth Faried (personal) and G Richard Jefferson (right wrist soreness) were not with the team.
Bucks: C John Henson missed his third consecutive game with right hamstring soreness. Thon Maker started in his place. . Milwaukee had not allowed more than 19 made 3-pointers in a game in franchise history.
Nuggets: Host San Antonio on Feb. 23.