After their disappointing loss, by one point against Utah (126-125), the Wolves went to Denver. But, like the match against Portland the day before, the Nuggets did not lag behind in this “back to back”, with another win (122-118) and a new triple-double from Nikola Jokic (31 points, 13 assists, 11 rebounds . ).
So that’s eight straight wins for the Rockies men who are still unhinged at home (21 wins for 3 losses) and thus avenged the Wolves, who beat them on January 2nd, one of their three losses since early. December.
In addition to Nikola Jokic, who was able to walk around the racket more easily because Rudy Gobert was “out” with an injury, we highlight the wonderful copy made by Jamal Murray, author of 28 points, in 10/ 18 in shots.
But the Nuggets had to fight hard until the end, leading by 10 points in the third quarter or 5 points with 2 minutes left. Jamal Murray himself equalized a minute from the gong, before giving his team the lead with a little “push shot” near the circle.
WHAT YOU SHOULD REMEMBER
– Jamal Murray clutch. The Canadian archer from the Rockies is slowly regaining all his senses. Author of a magnificent match with 28 points with 4 assists and 2 interceptions, he especially took control of the operations in “crunch time”, with the basket on 3-points to equalize, before giving the advantage to his team in the last minute on the next possession, with little moving shots near the circle (7 of their 28 points in the final quarter).
– Nikola Jokic passes Alex English. For his third triple-double in a row, with 31 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds, Nikola Jokic even printed his name in the book of records for his franchise. He actually just passed Alex English in the ranking of the Nuggets’ best passers. Nikola Jokic now has 3,686 career assists (in 568 games), compared to English’s 3,679 (in 837 games). Which prompted his interim coach David Adelman to say: “He got the brain of a John Stockton in a 2m13 body. »
– A heavy loss for Minny. Victims of a hold-up at home against the Jazz, the Wolves could be biting their legs because their good performance was ruined at the end of the match. In front of the score for most of the game, Minnesota cracked in the final period, outscored 34-23 in the fourth quarter, and 9-0 that made your teeth hurt in the final two and a half minutes…
✅ Nikola Jokic. You have to believe that Colorado’s two-time MVP gave himself the month of January to really launch his season. With 23 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists average throughout the month, he crushed the competition today. He chained his third triple-double in a row, and fifth in his last six games, with 31 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds. All in a very solid 12/20 on shots.
Jamal Murray. Still looking for consistency in his performance, he took a step in the right direction last night, with a very clean game with 28 points, 10/18 on shots, plus 4 assists and 2 steals.
✅ Kyle Anderson. Author of a triple-double in the wire loss against Utah, with 13 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, he almost appeared as a carbon copy of his match the day before, with 13 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists against in Denver. He also added 4 interceptions.
⛔️ Anthony Edwards. With 16 points and 9 rebounds, he didn’t commit a serious offense, but finishing with fewer points than attempted shots (17) is never a good sign. Especially for his team’s n°1 option in attack…
Denver (32-13): receiving the Pacers this Friday.
Minnesota (22-24): home to welcome the Raptors this Thursday.