Nikola Jokic's Triple-Double Leads Nuggets to Victory Over Suns
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The Denver Nuggets extended their winning streak to four games with a 128-125 victory over the Phoenix Suns in overtime on Tuesday. The Nuggets are currently first in the Western Conference of the NBA with a 21-11 record, while the Suns sit at fourth with a 19-15 record.
Nikola JokiÄ led the way for Denver with a triple-double, finishing the game with 41 points, 15 rebounds, and 15 assists. He was supported by Aaron Gordon, who scored 28 points and had 13 rebounds, and Jamal Murray, who scored 26 points.
For Phoenix, Landry Shemet was the top scorer with 31 points, while Deandre Ayton contributed 22 points and 16 rebounds. The Suns' Devin Booker was injured early in the game, leaving Phoenix short-handed. The game went to overtime after Murray dunked with 11 seconds remaining in regulation to tie the score at 113-113.
Phoenix had a chance to win in the final seconds, but a foul by Bridges on the attacking end with less than five seconds left gave Denver one last chance. Murray's three-point attempt was then blocked by Bridges, sending the game to overtime.
In the extra period, Denver took a six-point lead after a JokiÄ basket, but Shemet brought Phoenix back with three-pointers. The game was decided with 24 seconds left when Gordon made a powerful dunk to give Denver a three-point lead.
He missed the ensuing free throw, but the Nuggets were able to secure the ball and Gordon hit another free throw to make it 127-123. Phoenix's Paul scored quickly on the other end, and Murray sealed the victory with a free throw, making the final score 128-125.
Golden State Warriors defeated the Memphis Grizzlies
In other action, the Golden State Warriors defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 123-109 at home. The Warriors, who are playing without injured star Steph Curry, were led by Jordan Poole the Eastern Conference matchup between the Boston Celtics and the Milwaukee Bucks, the Celtics came out on top with a 139-118 victory.
Jayson Tatum led the way for Boston with 41 points, 20 of which came in the third quarter, while Jaylen Brown added 29 points. The Bucks were led by Giannis Antetokounmpo, who scored 27 points and had nine rebounds, and Jrue Holiday, who scored 23 points.
The Celtics now have a 24-10 record and sit at the top of the Eastern Conference, while the Bucks have a 22-11 record and are in second place.