Nikola Jokic never ceases to surprise with new performances. After taking a night off in his last game, the Serbian returned to action to lead the Nuggets to a new win, adding his 30th of the season as they beat the Orlando Magic 119-116. These three points of difference were the work of Pivot, who was in charge of knocking those guys out of Florida with a triple with two tenths of a second to go and continuing the list of arguments in favor of his third MVP.
With the match tied, Malone’s men began the last possession with the ball in the hands of Jamal Murray, who was in position to go for a straight block with seconds to go. Instead, however, Nikola gains some space to move back when his defender (Wendell Carter) goes to Murray for a two-on-one, forcing a change in assignment and sending him to Franz. Received by Wagner from a distance of about twenty feet. with move backThe pivot rose above the scoring of the German, who launched the madness in the ball arena and the triple that brought the final result to the scoreboard.
The Nuggets player thus far had another very complete game, finishing with 17 points, 14 assists and 10 rebounds to sign his 12th triple-double of the season (fourth so far in 2023). . As always, he didn’t need big scoring statistics to dominate matches and set the pace of the game, but he was very efficient on his basket attempts (8/11 shooting) and was solid defensively with 2 steals and a block. Also managed to contribute from. ,
The annotations went on in this situation in the case of Aaron Gordon, the leader of the match in this aspect with 25 goals, and Jamal Murray, who finished with 18 and also distributed 7 assists. Michael Porter Jr., for his part, added 16 thanks to his 4/8 triples, while Bruce Brown led the second unit with 12.
The Colorado guys thus capped off a spell that once again showed a lot of ability, resourcefulness and willingness to fight, and in general they can leave more than satisfied with their performance. Despite being down 15 at half time on the West leader’s court, Orlando never gave up and had serious chances to win, to the point that he came to see himself on the scoreboard in the final one. Only Jokic’s action could put an end to their hopes, but it didn’t leave a good taste in Jamahl Mosley’s mouth.
The coach commented, “Despite being in the last game of a five-match tour, we showed a lot of effort and intensity.” « We have fought until the crucial moment, where an MVP made an MVP game. Everything was settled right there.”
The Florida squad was led by Markelle Fultz, who had one of her best games of the season, going up to 20 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists, although she was not the only one. The point guard was followed closely by Franz Wagner, Paolo Banchero and Bol Bol, scoring 19, 18 and 17 goals, respectively, men who continue to show that they have very high ceilings and who are the best for their team from here on out. Promises to bring lots of happiness to you. future.
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