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Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic leaves game with sprained left ankle, X-rays negative

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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 30: Nikola Jokic #15 of the Denver Nuggets reacts prior to taking on the New York Knicks during their game at Madison Square Garden on October 30, 2017 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)

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DENVER (AP) — Denver center Nikola Jokic left the Nuggets’ game Thursday night against Chicago with a sprained left ankle.

Jokic went down in the final minute of the first half when he drove to the basket and stepped on Jerian Grant’s foot.

Jokic hit two free throws before heading to the locker room with an obvious limp. The Nuggets said he would not return in the second half, however, after the game coach Mike Malone said this was “only a sprain” and the Nuggets are optimistic.

Jokic leads Denver with averages of 15.9 points and 11 rebounds. He had eight points, four rebounds and four assists against the Bulls.