Nikola Jokic got 27 points double-double and 12 rebounds for the Denver Nuggets, who beat the Houston Rockets 105-95, who saw their streak of eight straight wins broken.
The Nuggets improved their season record to 10-3.
Will Barton added 15 points and Paul Millsap added 11 for the Denver team.
The Spanish player Juan Hernangómez contributed eight goals in 16 minutes of play by scoring 3 of 6 field shots, 1 of 3 triples, 1 of 2 from the personnel line, and achieved six rebounds.
The Rockets (11-4) had the leadership of James Harden, who contributed 27 points.
Harden, the Houston star player, broke his series of eight consecutive games with at least 36 goals.
Harden was with 8 of 16 field shots, and the Rockets scored less than 100 points for the first time this season, after they averaged a better NBA mark with 119.5 per game.
Russell Westbrook collaborated with 25 and Clint Capela contributed double-double 12 points and 21 rebounds.