Denver Nuggets star big man Nikola Jokic posted a triple-double on Friday to lead the Nuggest to a 116-105 win over the New Orleans Pelicans. Jokic scored 22 of his 29 points in the second half and also grabbed 13 rebounds and dished out 10 assists.
"He can take over a game when he wants," said Nuggets guard Bryn Forbes, who scored 14 points. "That's what he did." Aaron Gordon, who was traded from the Orlando Magic to the Nuggest at last year's trade deadline, absolutely enjoying playing with Jokic.
"Love playing with him -- his court vision, his passing ability, his passion for the game and just his ability is tremendous," Gordon, who plays small forward, said of Jokic. "Playing with somebody like that is just fun, makes the game fun."
Gordon: Jokic makes the right plays
"He plays the right way, makes the right reads.
He's an unselfish, high-character guy. Just an amazing basketball player," Gordon continued. "I'm just looking to make his job easy. I'm looking at trying to return the favor. It's a great feeling going out there, knowing he has my back and I have his back." One of the players that stepped up in Friday's win was Forbes.
Nuggest guard Monte Morris made it clear the team has high expectations from Morris. "Bryn -- we've got high expectations for him," said Morris, who scored 13 points to go with 8 rebounds and 8 assists. "He's a knock-down shooter who's going to acquire a lot of attention to loosen up some other guys.
"Tonight, he was able to have that next-shot mentality and he hit some big ones, stayed with it," Morris added. "That's what we ask from him. We need a shot-maker like that to expand our offense to another level." The Nuggest now own a 27-21 record as they sit at No.
6 on the Western Conference Standings. The Nuggets will take on the reigning NBA champions Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday.