Denver tried and succeeded even without Jokic to get the Los Angeles Clippers, who became a regular customer of the Nuggets. In this match, the best team in the West was led by Jamal Murray and Michael Porter, and the final score was 115:103.
Denver achieved its fifth consecutive victory without JokiÄ, who missed the game due to a problem with his right wrist. Without Jokic, the Nuggets beat the Clippers in a much more uncertain game than it was just a few days ago when Nikola played.
The match was tied until the fourth quarter when Denver had a 9-0 run, and Aaron Gordon and Bruce Brown scored the key points. Jamal Murray had 24 points, Michael Porter 22, Gordon 17, while Kawhi Leonard scored 24 for the Clippers.
Ivica Zubac had six points and seven rebounds in 28 minutes. The San Antonio Spurs celebrated their 50th birthday, and on that occasion, they played a game in the hall, which was attended by over 68,000 people. Thus, the fans of this legendary franchise set a new record for the number of spectators at one NBA match.
The previous one was held by Atlanta, which hosted Jordan's Bulls in the 90s. Bogdan BogdanoviÄ did not have the best match because in 27 minutes in Atlanta's victory against Indiana, he scored only four points and had 2/9 shooting from the field.
Trae Young, of course, led Atlanta with 26 points and 11 assists. However, John Collins was the decisive player in this duel, when he scored a volleyball basket in the last second. He scored the game-winning basket after Dejonte Murray's miss.
Oklahoma beat the Chicago Bulls
Oklahoma beat the Chicago Bulls on the road 124:110 with 25 points from Josh Giddey. The Bulls managed to come back from a big deficit in the last quarter, but once again they fell in the game and the Thunder took advantage of it.
Zack LaVine had 25 points for the Bulls, while Nikola Vucevic had 19 points along with 11 rebounds. Goran DragiÄ scored nine points in 17 minutes. The Knicks were better than the Wizards in Washington 112:108 thanks to Jaylen Brunson's 34 points, while Kyle Kuzma scored 40 for the Wizards.
New Orleans dominated Detroit the whole game and eventually won 116:110 thanks to Valanciunas' 33 points, while Bojan BogdanoviÄ had 22 with the Pistons. Much more prepared for this match than San Antonio was Golden State, which won 144:113.
Eight players were in double figures, they made 18 3-pointers from 48 attempts, and in total the Warriors had 101 shots from the field. Jordan Poole was the best with 25 points, while Donte DiVincenzo scored 22. Tre Jones had 21 points for San Antonio.
Sacramento was better than Houston 139:114 in a game in which Domantas Sabonis had 19 points, but Barnes was the most effective with 27. Jabbari Smith scored the same amount for Houston. Utah celebrated at home against Orlando in an uncertain ending, and Lauri Markkanen had a key move.
With 28 given points, the Finn blocked Franz Wagner's shot for a goal and thus the Jazzers could seal the victory. Minnesota was better than Phoenix at home by 121:116 after a killer game in the first three quarters.