Nikola Jokic beats the NBA champions, step closer to the great Chamberlain record
by FARUK IMAMOVIC | VIEW 563
The Denver Nuggets basketball players beat the Golden State Warriors in San Francisco with a score of 128:123, and Serbian center Nikola Jokic played another brutal game. The brilliant center again showed great versatility in his game and reached his first triple-double of the new season.
It was the 77th triple-double of his career, so he's just one more game away from tying the great Wilt Chamberlain for seventh on the all-time list.
Jokic scored 26 points in less than 35 minutes on the court this morning, and on top of that, he had 12 rebounds and 10 assists for his teammates.
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"Honestly, we have eight years together now and [nothing surprises me]," Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. "So many big games, so many moments when he's made the big play, the right play and a game-changing type of play. ...
His IQ is off the charts. He's out there playing chess, and a lot of other guys are playing checkers." Denver surprised the favored host at the beginning of the game, so at halftime, they had a big advantage with a score of 70:52.
In the continuation of the game, the Warriors showed why they are the current NBA champions, but there was not enough time for a complete turnaround, so they suffered a defeat.
Denver outscored the Warriors in clutch time
"Our second quarter was one of our best quarters in a long time against a quality opponent," Malone said.
"But down the stretch, there are so many things we need to clean up. ... But it's a hell of a win. We can savor it for about two and a half hours on the plane, and then tomorrow night we have our home opener." Apart from Jokic, Brown stood out for Denver with 20 points, while Curry was the best for the Warriors with 34 points.
Wiggins, who had 23 points, was also good. Both the Warriors and Nuggets now have one win and one loss each to open the new NBA season.