Denver's Win Fueled by Nikola Jokic's Stellar Triple-Double
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Nikola Jokic achieved a triple-double and Denver won again. The Serbian representative had a double-digit performance in three statistical categories for the 16th time this season (by far the most in the league, Doncic is second with 10) and the Nuggets celebrated for the 16th time.
This time they broke the resistance of the New Orleans Pelicans 122:113.
Jokic With Another Triple-Double
Jokic finished the match with 26 points (10/14 field goal), 18 rebounds and 15 assists. He reached number 92 in terms of triple-double performances and considering how he is playing, it is very likely that he will reach and exceed number 100 in this segment by the end of the season.
“I’m happy as long as we are winning games and the players are happy around me,” Jokic said. The Nuggets struggled against the weakened Pelicans, who won the first half in their favor with three points. However, in the third part, Denver makes a key advantage.
He won this part of the game for 36:24 and entered the last 12 minutes with a plus nine. Six minutes before the end, New Orleans was down by five points, but Jokic again led Denver to a double-digit advantage with a three-pointer and free throws and practically solved the question of the winner.
“We’ve got to keep our heads down and keep working,” Pelicans coach Willie Green said. “It’s hard to win in the NBA. We’re seeing that. There was some beauty in what I saw tonight. ... We’re right there, but we have to sustain it for 48 minutes”.
In addition to the great Jokic, Jamal Murray also shone with 32 points, five rebounds and six assists. In the defeated team, Jones McCollum had 21 points. “It’s fun to play basketball," Jamal Murray said via ESPN.
“But we still have room to improve. We’re not satisfied with where we’re at”. “I don’t want to be the guy that puts the fire out,” said Malone. “Jamal was really, really good in all areas of the game tonight”.
Denver is still the leader of the West, and the next match on the night between Thursday and Friday they play at home against the current champions Golden State Warriors.