Nuggets beat LA 113-104 without Jokic thanks to Jackson and Jordan.

LA -- Road trip without Nikola Jokic left the Denver Nuggets short-handed on the second night of a back-to-back. Tell that to Reggie Jackson and DeAndre Jordan, former Clippers who fire up while playing their former squad.

The Nuggets defeated Los Angeles 113-104 on Monday with Jackson scoring 35 points and 13 assists and Jordan scoring 21 points and 13 rebounds

“Definitely one of the sweeter ones,” Jackson added. “Getting our main guys out was great for the team, a resilient group, how we came together. I was pleased of our perseverance.

Jackson and Jordan ran the pick-and-roll well, with Jordan dunks from above the basket.

Jackson added, “I might have been the recipient of the points, but my old head DJ getting on the rim, being back in this building looking like young Lob City a little bit. All the defenders was drawn in, leaving the weak side open.”

The pair scored 20 points in the fourth after the Nuggets trailed 11 early. Jackson pushed the Nuggets ahead 99-94 with 3-pointers to start and conclude a 22-6 blitz. He gave Jordan two smashes between.

The Nuggets were without starters Jokic, Murray, and Gordon, who average 58.2 points. Jokic missed the second game of a back-to-back with low back soreness. Gordon has a right heel strain and Murray a right hamstring.

“When you can win games like this with some of your best players out, that speaks to your depth and belief in each other,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. “Tonight was special.”

Stay tuned for developments.