Nuggets’ Jokic to return Friday vs. Pelicans

Nikola Jokic had 36 points, 13 rebounds and six assists for the Nuggets, but it wasn't enough against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night.

Denver Nuggets big man Nikola Jokic will play Friday night against the New Orleans Pelicans after missing the previous seven games due to a left ankle sprain.

Jokic suffered the injury Nov. 30 versus the Chicago Bulls.

Jokic, 22, is averaging 15.5 points, 10.6 rebounds and 4.6 assists while shooting 51.1 percent from the floor and 40.6 percent from three on the season.

The Nuggets enter tonight with a record of 15-13.