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Nikola Jokic returns to the floor after 4-game absence

The reigning Kia NBA MVP returns without missing a beat after four games on the sideline with a wrist injury.

Nikola Jokic returns with panache after missing four games with a right wrist sprain.

After missing four games with a right wrist sprain, Denver Nuggets star center Nikola Jokic returned from injury Monday, in time for a nationally televised matchup with the Miami Heat on NBA TV.

And apparently, he did so at full strength: Jokic started and played 32 minutes, leading the Nuggets in a 120-111 rout that wasn’t as close as the final margin. The reigning Kia MVP posted 24 points, 15 rebounds and 7 assists, shooting 9-for-14 from the field, including 1-for-2 from 3 and 5-for-6 at the line.

Jokic entered the game averaging 26.4 points, 13.6 rebounds, 6.4 assists and 1.2 steals across 14 games.

The Nuggets (10-10) snapped a 6-game losing streak.