Nikola Jokic’s 39 points leads Nuggets past Suns 97-87

Phoenix Suns forward Kevin Durant, right, looks to drive to the basket as Denver Nuggets forward Aaron Gordon defends in the first half of Game 2 of an NBA second-round playoff series Monday, May 1, 2023, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

DENVER — Nikola Jokic scored 39 points and pulled down 16 rebounds on the eve of the NBA MVP announcement to rally the Denver Nuggets to a 97-87 win over Phoenix on Monday night, giving them a 2-0 lead over the Suns in the Western Conference semifinals.