Denver’s Jamal Murray drives past Cleveland’s JaVale McGee during the Nuggets’ 120-103 win on Friday in Cleveland. Murray scored 50 points. Tony Dejak/Associated Press

CLEVELAND — Jamal Murray scored a career-high 50 points, All-Star starter Nikola Jokic had a triple-double and the Denver Nuggets adjusted to a schedule change by handing the Cleveland Cavaliers their ninth straight loss, 120-103 on Friday night in a matchup hastily arranged by the NBA because of COVID-19.

Murray hardly missed, making 21 of 25 shots, including 8 of 10 3-pointers. He didn’t attempt a free throw.

With the Cavs still hanging around in the fourth, Murray made three 3-pointers in 65 seconds to push Denver’s lead to 21. He scored 20 in the final quarter before being replaced with 2:23 left.

Collin Sexton scored 23 and Jarrett Allen 20 for Cleveland, which had a couple days to prepare for the Nuggets but still couldn’t stop them.

76ERS 112, BULLS 105: All-Star Joel Embiid scored a career-high 50 points to lead Philadelphia to a win at home.

Embiid added 17 rebounds, five assists, four blocks and two steals in a dominating performance at both ends of the court.

Tobias Harris had 22 points and 12 rebounds for the Eastern Conference-leading 76ers, who played without Ben Simmons (illness) for the second straight game but clinched coaching duties for Doc Rivers at the All-Star Game.

Zach LaVine scored 30 points for the Bulls.

MAGIC 124, WARRIORS 120: Nikola Vucevic had 30 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists for his third career triple-double and Orlando overcame a 13-point, fourth-quarter deficit to beat visiting Golden State.

Vucevic made two free throws with 16 seconds left to put Orlando ahead 123-120 after Warriors star Stephen Curry hit back-to-back 3-pointers in the final minute.

Curry missed an off-balance 3-pointer from 27 feet with five seconds left that could have tied it. He finished with 29 points, 11 assists and six rebounds.

BUCKS 98, THUNDER 85: Giannis Antetokounmpo had 29 points, a season-high 19 rebounds and eight assists, and Milwaukee won at home to snap a five-game skid.

The Bucks, who posted the NBA’s best regular-season record each of the last two seasons, avoided their first six-game losing streak since March 12-22, 2015.

SUNS 132, PELICANS 114: Chris Paul had 15 points and a season-high 19 assists, spearheading a fourth-quarter comeback from an 11-point deficit by Phoenix at New Orleans.

GRIZZLIES 109, PISTONS 95: Ja Morant scored 21 of his 29 points in the second half, Jonas Valanciunas added 17 points and 15 rebounds and Memphis pulled away late against visiting Detroit.

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