Friday, December 29th, 2023, Denver
In a dazzling display of skill and precision, Nikola Jokic guided the Denver Nuggets to a resounding 142-105 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies. The game, played on Thursday night, showcased Jokic’s exceptional talent as he achieved a flawless record from the field and the free-throw line, securing his 11th triple-double of the season.
The Perfect Performance:
Jokic’s remarkable performance saw him go 11 for 11 from the field, successfully converting his only 3-point attempt, and maintaining perfection at the free-throw line with a 3-for-3 record. This stellar display came hot on the heels of another exceptional outing, where he sank all 18 free throws in a recent triumph against the Golden State Warriors.
This marks the 116th regular-season triple-double for Jokic, solidifying his place as one of the NBA’s all-time greats. With 26 points, 14 rebounds, and 10 assists in this game, Jokic’s triple-double prowess places him fourth in NBA history, trailing only Magic Johnson, Russell Westbrook, and Oscar Robertson.
Memphis Grizzlies’ Struggle:
The Memphis Grizzlies faced a challenging night without their star player, Ja Morant, who was sidelined due to illness. Despite Morant’s absence, the Grizzlies fought on, with Desmond Bane leading the charge with 23 points. However, the team couldn’t overcome the Nuggets’ dominance.
Jokic’s Impact on the Game:
Jokic, a maestro on the court, showcased his brilliance not only in individual performance but also in team dynamics. He orchestrated plays, contributing to Christian Braun’s dunk before exiting the game in the third quarter.
Jamal Murray and Peyton Watson Shine:
Jamal Murray continued his impressive form with a fourth consecutive game scoring 20 or more points, finishing with 23 points and nine assists. Peyton Watson also made a mark by scoring a career-high 20 points, adding to the Nuggets’ formidable offensive arsenal.
Memorable Quarters and Denver’s Run:
The game witnessed a high-scoring third quarter where the Nuggets surged to a 32-point lead. Despite a late resurgence from the Grizzlies, Denver’s lead proved insurmountable. Denver outscored Memphis 41-35 in the period, extending their lead to as much as 38 points in the fourth quarter.
The Grizzlies face the Los Angeles Clippers next, hoping to bounce back from their defeat. Meanwhile, the Nuggets host the Oklahoma City Thunder, aiming to continue their impressive six-game winning streak.
Nikola Jokic’s perfect performance, combined with stellar contributions from Murray and Watson, solidifies the Denver Nuggets as a formidable force in the NBA. As they celebrate their sixth consecutive win, the Nuggets demonstrate a level of skill and teamwork that makes them a team to watch in the ongoing season.