Nikola Jokic led the Denver Nuggets to a commanding 142-105 win over the Memphis Grizzlies, showcasing his prowess with a perfect shooting performance and securing a triple-double.
Unstoppable on the Court
Jokic was flawless, going 11 for 11 from the field, including a successful 3-point try, and 3 for 3 from the free-throw line, culminating in a total of 26 points, 14 rebounds, and 10 assists.
This impressive feat followed another near-perfect game where he converted all 18 free throws in a win over Golden State. Achieving the 116th regular-season triple-double of his career, Jokic now ranks fourth all-time in NBA history, trailing just behind Magic Johnson, Russell Westbrook, and Oscar Robertson.
His triple-double in the game against Memphis was his 11th of the season, a testament to his consistent excellence on the court.
Peyton Watson, a second-year player who scored a season-high 20 points, expressed his admiration for Jokic, saying, “I’ve never seen a triple-double before I played with him, and now I see them all the time”.
Grizzlies Struggle Without Key Players
The Grizzlies, on the other hand, faced challenges without their star player Ja Morant, who was sidelined due to illness. Morant's absence was keenly felt, as he had been instrumental in their four-game winning streak since his return from suspension.
The Grizzlies' record stands at 6-20 when Morant is out of the lineup.
Denver coach Michael Malone acknowledged the advantage of facing the Grizzlies without Morant, stating, “Obviously they’re a much different team with Ja Morant, so we caught a break with him being out tonight”.Despite the loss, the Grizzlies remained determined, with forward Ziaire Williams emphasizing a next-man-up mentality. However, Denver's offensive prowess, led by Jokic and supported by Jamal Murray’s 23 points and nine assists, proved too much for Memphis.
The Nuggets' victory, their sixth in a row, was marked by a high-scoring third quarter where their lead extended to 32 points.