Nikola Jokic Continues Dominance, Leads Denver to Win Over Lakers



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Nikola Jokic Continues Dominance, Leads Denver to Win Over Lakers

The Nuggets basketball players beat the Los Angeles Lakers 122:109 at the Ball Arena in Denver, thus ending the excellent streak of the guests who before this game had five consecutive victories in the NBA league. Denver was in control of the match all the time, and at one point led in the first half with a difference of 20 points.

Denver controlled the game until the end without any major problems when Serbian center Nikola Jokić scored several important baskets and achieved a new triple-double. The MVP of the league played another incredible match and continued the series of matches this season in which he exceeded the double-digit number of points, assists, and rebounds (14, 16, and 11).

He hit everything he shot (5-of-5 from the field, 1-of-1 from three, and 3-of-3 from the penalty line), and dished out some incredible assists in his style. “A truly selfless superstar,” Denver coach Michael Malone said per ESPN.

“I know a lot of players that if they took five shots in 35 minutes would be (mad) right now,” Malone said. “Nikola doesn’t care whether he takes five or 25. There are not many guys like him that I’ve ever been around." "The way (Jokic) puts his fingerprints all over the game, that’s a rarity, especially at his size,” Ham said.

“It’s only a few of those guys in the league that’s able to do that”.

Lakers came close

Although the Lakers were weakened by not playing their biggest stars LeBron James and Anthony Davis, they managed to get back into the game and close in the third period.

“Kudos to our guys — they kept fighting and just had a couple bad turnovers, couple balls that didn’t go our way, couple shots didn't go down,” Ham said. “The group that was out there, they were competitive, then gave it their all until we couldn’t give anymore”.

Jamal Murray was the most effective for the Nuggets with 37 points seven rebounds and four assists, while Russell Westbrook stood out for the Lakers with 25 points, seven rebounds, and assists each. After this triumph, Denver is tied for first place in the Western Conference with 27 wins and 13 losses, the same as Memphis, while the Lakers are only in 12th position with a 19-22 record.